Skip to comments.Vatican Condemns Israel for Attacks on Lebanon
Posted on 07/14/2006 7:51:25 AM PDT by dinoparty
Vatican condemns Israel for attacks on Lebanon VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican on Friday strongly deplored Israel's strikes on Lebanon, saying they were "an attack" on a sovereign and free nation.
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano said Pope Benedict and his aides were very worried that the developments in the Middle East risked degenerating into "a conflict with international repercussions."
"In particular, the Holy See deplores right now the attack on Lebanon, a free and sovereign nation, and assures its closeness to these people who already have suffered so much to defend their independence," he told Vatican Radio.
Israel struck Beirut airport again on Friday and bombed Lebanese roads, power supplies and communication networks in a widening campaign after Hizbollah guerrillas seized two Israeli soldiers and killed eight.
Sodano said the Vatican condemned both "terroristic attacks" and military reprisals.
Hizbollah, which wants to trade its captives for prisoners held in Israel, has showered rockets across the frontier in its fiercest bombardment since 1996 when Israel launched a 17-day blitz against southern Lebanon and Hizbollah. ADVERTISEMENT
But Sodano reserved his harshest words for Israel.
"The right of defence on the part of a state does not exempt it from its responsibility to respect international law, particularly regarding the safeguarding of civilian populations," he said.
This is most unfortunate.
The Vatican is wrong
Just how many times is Israel expected to turn the other cheek,Cardinal?
Politically, they must condemn the attacks. If they supported them in any way it would start the "crusade" publicity by the Islamic pukes.
I'll second your comment. Very disappointing to say the least.
If the vatican had ever taken a hardline stance against islam it may have a leg to stand on. As it is, it never has and it doesn't.
As usual, the Vatican is out to lunch.
I understand that point .. but it's best if they said nothing at all, imo
I can never figure out why it's alright for Israel to be attacked but never right for them to attack...according to the Vatican, the EU, etc.
Not a word when the PLO or Hizbullah is lobing missles into Israel, but let them retaliate and the world gets "up in arms."
Krauthammer had a great article this morning discussing that very thing.
This is just more fodder for the Isalmofascists.
Wheres the condeming of palestinian suicide bombers? The vatican is not exactly realistic when it comes to current events.
Then why not condemn the attacks of Muslims on others.
Did the vatican make a statement about the Islamic terrorists who blew up the train in Indian, killing a couple hundred people?
Maybe they did, I don't know, it just seems to me that the world in general condemns attacks on Muslims, but not by Muslims.
If in fact the RC doctrine of papal infallibility is only for matters of faith, it would seem to me that you are merely guilty of having good sense.
Read a history book before you embarrass yourself. The Vatican "never has" "taken a hardline stance against islam"???? Give me a break. Ever hear of the crusades, or the battle of Lepanto? Maybe the reason they don't want Lebanon blown to smithereens is because of the CATHOLICS who live there in large numbers. But you apparently think that only Muslims live in the middle east.
The Vatican is an impotent as everyone else involved when it comes to fighting these Islamic basta*ds. Thank God, we have Bush in office. Can you imagine...what things would be like with Kerry or Gore... ?
Imagine this scenario:
Q. Hey Pope! Do you support or not support the Israeli invasion of Lebanon.
A. No answer....just walks away
No stand is the same as support. the Islamic pukes lie enough about all other things; If the Vatican didn't come out against the attacks, the ipso facto relationship would be a publicity boom to the Islamofascists.
I see this as a nundge-nudge wink-wink statement from the Vatican.
your perspective would be welcome
So much for the infallibility of the Pope.
And its not that the Pope is a German. He is a Euroweenie.
Euroweenies beleive that appeasement and weakness form an adequate defense towards evil.
Here is an unbiased report:
You are both supreme idiots, to say nothing of your bigotry.
The Vatican is making a public statement because there are many, many Arab Christians and to avoid appearing to sanction an attack on a Muslim nation.
The Pope knows, as do the rest of his curial cardinals, that Israel cares not at all what they think, nor should they.
Lebanon has a large Catholic population. Didn't you know that? It would be remiss for the pope not to express concern about their welfare.
Not to be a sore thumb, but in defense of the Vatican and also curious to hear some answers to this question, isn't an all out war perhaps a little over-the-top against 3 soldiers being kidnapped? Is the FR consensus that the governments of the attacked "nations" Palestine and Lebanon actually could free these soldiers from their military wings if they really wanted to?
Point taken, but you must admit that the Vatican hasn't had the greatest record when it comes to atrocities against jews.
Wow had to get that in here, hmmmmmm
I could not agree more.
"I'll get flamed for this, but I mean after all it's a German Pope."
No flame to ya but Pope Benedict has no such bias toward Jews, in fact in WWII he put his own neck on the line to save hundreds if not thousands of Jews while most people didn't lift a finger.
I am dissapointed also at this stance. The Vatican should announce they are not happy at war and bloodshed but if they are going to pick sides, it should be on the side of God's people who simply want to live in peace. Israel bent over backwards to negotiate a peace and all they get is more jihad.
HOLY SEE CONDEMNS VIOLENCE IN MIDDLE EAST
VATICAN CITY, JUL 14, 2006 (VIS) - Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano today made the following declaration on Vatican Radio:
"The news we are receiving from the Middle East is certainly worrying.
"The Holy Father Benedict XVI and all his collaborators are following with great attention the latest dramatic episodes, which risk degenerating into a conflict with international repercussions.
"As in the past, the Holy See also condemns both the terrorist attacks on the one side and the military reprisals on the other. Indeed, a State's right to self-defense does not exempt it from respecting the norms of international law, especially as regards the protection of civilian populations.
"In particular, the Holy See deplores the attack on Lebanon, a free and sovereign nation, and gives assurances of its closeness to those people who have suffered so much in the defense of their own independence.
"Once again, it appears obvious that the only path worthy of our civilization is that of sincere dialogue between the contending parties."
SS/MIDDLE EAST VIOLENCE/SODANO VIS 060714 (180)
What do you think the terrorists were doing to Israel, you ignorant foolish idiots.
More foolishness. What is it with you guys? Did you just get your latest Jack Chick email?
Gee, why am I not surprised that Reuters left out the part about the Vatican also condemning the terrorist attacks?
Like Muslim clerics are usually silent regarding terrorist activities? I understand the Vatican being horrifically pro-peace at any cost, but then where is their outrage when Israel is constantly being attacked by terrorists? Talk about talking out of both sides of their mouth...
If I was a Christian living in Lebanon - of whom there are many - I would applaud him for urging the military not to bomb civilian neighborhoods, such as my own. The pope has an obligation to his flock - even those living in Lebanon.
What did Jesus call the Priests of His day? White washed tombs with nothing but old bones inside?
The Church's actions and policies are not supposed to be dictated by world politics. The Church is to carry out God's will. They are supposed to act according to God's teachings, not man's.
Well, the pope never officially said anything. It was their Sec. of State. Still, that's still pretty bad and cowardly. Should have just kept quiet.
Don't be too hard on the Pope. He jsut doesn't want to see Syria use this as an excuse to come back into Lebanon.
So I take it, then, that you believe that the Vatican HAS had a great record when it comes to atrocities against jews?
"Not to be a sore thumb, but in defense of the Vatican and also curious to hear some answers to this question, isn't an all out war perhaps a little over-the-top against 3 soldiers being kidnapped?"
Nope, Hezbollah which is directly controlled by Syria crossed the boarder into a another nation (Israel) and murdered several troops then took hostages. Israel places a high value on their people as we do here in America. This is not an isolated incident and Israel has had enough.
Who the hell cares about the past? I'm talking about right here and right now. What they did centuries ago amounts to jack today.
If they'd wiped them out as they should have we wouldn't be in this shape.
No. Get some perspective Squire, it's not just about the kidnapping of these soldiers. It's about 50 years of murder and war.
Iran and Syria are calling the shots here, the Lebanese are simply caught in the crossfire. The Lebanese govt. is not totally blameless however, their desire for autonomy from Iran, Syria, and their terrorist agents is not matched by their actions against them.
In fairness, the Lebanese problem is also 50 years in the making, it cannot be expected to be resolved in a year or two despite the recent amazing progress.
This coming from a self-avowed skeptic? LOL. j/k