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Pope John Paul II may ask to personally address UN Security Council to stop Iraq war
AFP via Babelfish translation ^ | March 3, 2003

Posted on 03/03/2003 2:46:58 AM PST by HAL9000

The pope wants to go in front of UNO if its message with Bush does not stop the war

Jean Paul II will ask to address personally to the Security Council of the United Nations if its message with the American president George W Bush does not convince it to give up a war against Iraq, learned Monday the AFP from diplomatic source vaticane.L' possibility of a direct address of the pope in the United Nations was evoked during the maintenance of the pope with the secretary-general of UNO, Kofi Annan, there are two weeks in the Vatican, one added of the same source.Le cardinal Pio Laghi left Rome Monday morning for Washington carrying a message of peace as it must give to the American president. The cardinal, old apostolic nuncio (ambassador) in Washington and friend of the Bush family, hopes to be received mercredi.Une delegation of American religious leaders forwarded last week to Jean Paul II a letter wishing that the head of the catholic Church go to ONU."Il is allocated only to the pope himself to make such a decision ", commented on Sunday on a chain of television the archbishop Renato Martino, old observant of the Holy See at the United Nations and current president of the pontifical Council for justice and the peace, which had been charged to transmit to the missive.Si the pope, had tired and old of almost 82 years, had he could benefit from it to go to request in Ground Zero, affirms one diplomatic source vaticane.Ce gesture would be very appreciated by all the Americans, adds one. He had been considered last August at the time of the voyage of the pope in Canada for the world Days of Jeunesse.Dans diplomatic circles of the Holy See, one estimates that the parallel actions and concommitantes of the pope on the two protagonists of the crisis, Iraq and the United States, represent a significant chance so that a war is evité.Le Iraqi president Saddam Hussein should take account of the risk to be relatively insulated in the Arab world if he made the deaf person ear with a call to order of the Arab League, even observes one of the same source.De, underlines one, president Bush, of methodist confession, should not receive from one who asked nearly a billion and half of Christians of the whole world to fast for peace Wednesday. This fast is also preached by the World Council of Churches of Geneva where Protestant Eglises and orthodoxes.En sit reiterating Sunday its call to all the Christians, the pope confirmed his determination with all to try for the paix."Sans to go in front of the difficulties, it is necessary to look for and traverse all the possible ways to avoid the war, which always brings with it serious mournings and consequences for everyone ", he launched to the thousands of brought together pilgrims Saint-Pierre place under the eye of the cameras of télévision.Le cardinal Laghi will make any possible sound to convince president Bush that a unilateral attack except UNO against Iraq is a "crime against peace", Foreign Minister of the pope, Mgr Jean Louis Tauran.



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1 posted on 03/03/2003 2:46:58 AM PST by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000
Well, they did such a good job of stopping Hitler, and such a good job of protecting altar boys, that I think we should be grateful that they care so much.

/sarcasm

2 posted on 03/03/2003 2:50:24 AM PST by patriciaruth
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To: patriciaruth
I vigorously disagree with what the Holy Father is doing here, too, but you can take your anti-Catholicism and stuff it you know where.
3 posted on 03/03/2003 3:01:39 AM PST by BlessedBeGod
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To: BlessedBeGod
What effect will this have on Catholic soldiers?
4 posted on 03/03/2003 3:06:05 AM PST by MEG33
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To: patriciaruth
You don't have to be sarcastic and I'm Catholic. This is way beyond where the Church should be going. I think this Pope is being used but if not then he is injecting his personal opinion but using his Church standing as authority for that opinion. That is not correct for only when speaking "ex cathedra" is he deemed infallible and that is not the case here but many anti-American forces may use this to reinforce their cause. This may further damage the Church in America if that is even possible now.
5 posted on 03/03/2003 3:06:49 AM PST by this_ol_patriot
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To: HAL9000
The Pope needs to read this in the book of Romans.

13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 13:4 For he is God's minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil."

Hello! God ordains righteous government to "execute wrath" on evil doers.

The Apostle Paul had to correct the doctrine of the "First Pope" (See Galatians Chapter 2), and I see this is needed again.

6 posted on 03/03/2003 3:12:43 AM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: HAL9000
Not a good idea.
7 posted on 03/03/2003 3:14:38 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Freeper Caribbean Cruise May 31-June 7, Staterooms As Low As $510 Per Person For Entire Week!)
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To: AmericaUnited
Bush deserves this embarrassing specticle if he doesn't end this soap opera now.

BTW shouldn't the seper. of church and state work both ways? Just what does he think he's doing? The church ought to butt out. They have enough problems of their own.

8 posted on 03/03/2003 3:20:05 AM PST by KickRightRudder
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To: HAL9000
The Pope may also be interested in reading the story of the Levi and his wife in Judges Chapters 19+20. His wife was raped and murdered by evil men in a city controlled by the Tribe of Benjamin. Because they did not want to turn in the evil men, the judgement of God was upon them and a lot of them were killed. Also, because the tribe from Jabesh Gilead did not partitpate in this judgement, they also were killed.

Moral of the story: THOSE WHO TOLERATE EVIL AND DO NOTHING ABOUT IT WILL BE JUDGED!

9 posted on 03/03/2003 3:20:11 AM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: HAL9000
Reading our Bishop's writing on this in Today's Catholic this week,it could have been edited by any number of isolationists with blinders on circa 1935-1939,including that great Catholic statesman, old Joe Kennedy.I don't know whether to be mad,scared or what,but my Church is wrong here.
10 posted on 03/03/2003 3:28:48 AM PST by John W
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To: HAL9000
Please somebody tell me this isn't so...
12 posted on 03/03/2003 3:33:58 AM PST by livius
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To: patriotdreams

Washa you mouth offa Jean Paule!!!

13 posted on 03/03/2003 3:35:15 AM PST by Robert_Paulson2 (Mr. 29a... needs to be convicted)
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To: HAL9000
The Pope again. Anyone need any more proof that this is a malign force?
14 posted on 03/03/2003 3:40:29 AM PST by Cachelot (~ In waters near you ~)
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To: Cachelot
This protestant thinks in the spirit of comity perhaps one should lay off.
15 posted on 03/03/2003 3:44:12 AM PST by MEG33
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To: HAL9000
Maybe while he's there he can tell the UN what he's going to do about the sexual crimes committed by "priests" in his "Church" during his tenure. Or, maybe that's the connection -- boy buggering in both Islam and Catholicism is okay with the Pope as long as it isn't reported by the liberal press.
16 posted on 03/03/2003 3:46:01 AM PST by jrlc
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To: HAL9000
Well John Paul, do you call what is currently being done to the Iraqi people "peace"?

If you do, well peace be with you too...
17 posted on 03/03/2003 3:50:01 AM PST by DB ()
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To: patriciaruth
..they did such a good job of stopping Hitler, and such a good job of protecting altar boys, that I think we should be grateful that they care so much...

Get stuffed.

This Pope was a warrior against Communism, even took a bullet in that fight. You have got NO RIGHT to disrespect a man who's done so much good.

18 posted on 03/03/2003 3:53:01 AM PST by Byron_the_Aussie
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To: MEG33
What effect will this have on Catholic soldiers?

American Catholic soldiers will "render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's".

The Pope has a right and a duty to preach Peace. American Catholic soldiers have a right and a duty to wage a just war.

19 posted on 03/03/2003 3:54:30 AM PST by Polybius
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To: patriotdreams
..at heart he's anti American and has demonstrated that time and time again...

Time and again, eh? Give us four or five examples, then.

20 posted on 03/03/2003 3:55:24 AM PST by Byron_the_Aussie
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To: HAL9000; Domestic Church
Re-reading this article, I see that it's really about of Pio Laghi, the former nuncio and current emissary of the Pope in this affair.

I hope Pio Laghi is NOT a "friend of the Bush family," because Pio Laghi is an evil man. He was responsible, when he was nuncio, for the appointment of some of the most awful bishops in the Church, some of whom even had to be removed and many of whom were involved in the current scandals.

There are many people who feel that Pio Laghi's activities were not innocent bumbling, but were a genuine attempt to destroy or at least significantly re-shape the Church. It is horrifying to see that he is being allowed to do more damage now.
21 posted on 03/03/2003 3:57:32 AM PST by livius
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To: John W
Well, I'm a Lutheran and not one to find being on the bad side of a Roman Catholic Pope unusual, and as a MO synod Lutheran being on the wrong side of the World Council of Churches, the reddest organization out there in the religious world, is most certainly not unusual.

But I am compelled to point out that there may be a higher purpose in this, IMHO, "wrong" decision of the Vatican.

The terrorists, both Osama, the Iranian clerics, and Iraq's none-too-religious Hussein... all want the arab world to see this as a Holy War.

That's because they have no hope of energizing Muslims any other way, except perhaps with the Palestinian issue- which is why we see both bin Laden and saddam hussein and Imad Mugniyah all too willing to stir up the palestinians. They need some other issue to raise the rabble and get them to topple the authorities in these various Arab nations where they would like to see the current regimes overthrown. the issue remaining to them is Jihad, or Holy War, and they need to get the mobs out there to see not just the Israelis as a threat, but also Christianity.

Bin Laden has tried desperately to get Arabs to see America as a crusader nation, and he is having a hard time of it because many arabs know this country and want to come here because we don't have "religious police" and the Imams' fatwas have no power here. So bin Laden has to overcome the apathy or even the positive viewpoints people have about America in order to make the average Muslim feel as if he personally could become a target of "Crusaders" out to destroy their Ummah.

But how can he spin it to the Muslim world that Christians are waging a Holy War on them instead of the other way around, if the single largest Christian entity they know opposes America's policy? How can bin Laden claim that the crusaders are joining the zionists against Islam if America is in defiance of the Roman Catholic Church, a large chunk of christianity? And the average Muslim doesn't know the World Council of Churches is a joke and not reprisentative of all Christians, either, so if they see those jokers tsk-tsking us, it only undermines Osama bin Laden's message since it looks like America is in defiance of "the Church."

It may or may not be intentional, but that's the effect of the Pope's position. The Pope won't stop us from completing the Gulf War, since it must come to pass and it is right that it come to pass; but wittingly or unwittingly he is helping to deny bin Laden his Holy War by making us look like the loose cannon.

And by denying bin Laden this propaganda victory, he may be denying him new recruits and so, this war may be far less costly and a good deal shorter than if it turned into a full fledged religious war and drew in people who otherwise wouldn't feel threatened enough to fight us.

22 posted on 03/03/2003 4:06:58 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: patriotdreams
I can't help but wonder if this is subtly Anti-jewish in that Israel will benifit from us cleaning up the neighborhood. maybe I'm wrong but I do wonder if these Europeans are all reflexively ANTI- anything that might benifit Israel.
23 posted on 03/03/2003 4:08:43 AM PST by KickRightRudder
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To: Polybius
Thanks!
24 posted on 03/03/2003 4:08:55 AM PST by MEG33
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To: Byron_the_Aussie
I said "they" meaning the Vatican bureaucracy controlling news to the Pope like the leftist media controls the news to the Europeans.

They did not control Hitler. They did not protect altar boys. This is a worldly function that the Vatican cannot perform.

It's the Pope's job is to tell everyone to let their enemies slap them on the cheek and take their clothes and smile, but it isn't the American way.

After you give all your money to the poor and become a missionary for Christ, you can take the moral high ground.

Until then, I reserve my right to be cynical about organizatons that call on US to give away our treasure while holding onto theirs and call on US to let megalomaniac dictators bomb and nuke us without trying to prevent it.

25 posted on 03/03/2003 4:09:49 AM PST by patriciaruth
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To: Byron_the_Aussie
This Pope was a warrior against Communism

While I appreciate this Pope's fight against an oppressive socialist regime in his own native country, I am disappointed and dismayed by his appeasement of a more remote, but just as oppressive socialist regime.

I disagree with the notion that the Pope should be granted immunity from due criticism just because he was an anti-Communist. The enemy of my enemy is not automatically my friend. If we applied that logic, we would have to honor Hitler as a warrior against Communism--AND, at the same time, we would have to honor Stalin as a warrior against the Third Reich!

That said, I don't think we should look upon this Pope as a bad man--rather, we should understand that he is a well-meaning old gentleman who is, unfortunately, rather out of touch with reality, thanks mostly to the leftist European media. The U.S. administration should try to enlighten him and get him on our side.

26 posted on 03/03/2003 4:12:26 AM PST by Smile-n-Win
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To: piasa
It may or may not be intentional, but that's the effect of the Pope's position.

The problem is that it also has an unfortunate side effect--to discredit the Catholic Church in the eyes of many people!

27 posted on 03/03/2003 4:17:47 AM PST by Smile-n-Win
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To: piasa
I find your thoughts very interesting. Here we reject the Holy War concept and there its all they talk about. The National Council of Churches sounds like the left wing of the dems at times.
28 posted on 03/03/2003 4:19:15 AM PST by MEG33
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To: patriciaruth
..until then, I reserve my right to be cynical about organizatons that call on US to give away our treasure while holding onto theirs and call on US to let megalomaniac dictators bomb and nuke us without trying to prevent it....

You can stick all that hot air where the sun don't shine, Patriciaruth.

The FACTS are that Pope John Paul II was a tireless warrior in the fight against Communism, so much so that the KGB engineered a hit on him. A very strong argument could be made that without his effort that virus would still be going strong. What's your track record for freedom, that you feel qualified to criticise a man like him? You made a cheap shot, you were called on it, and now instead of showing some character and apologising you're trying to bluster your way out of it.

29 posted on 03/03/2003 4:20:32 AM PST by Byron_the_Aussie
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To: Smile-n-Win
..I disagree with the notion that the Pope should be granted immunity from due criticism just because he was an anti-Communist...

Oh. You...disagree with that notion, do you?

Well, let me put another notion to you: that someone like you, hiding behind a keyboard and anonymously passing cruel judgement on John Paul II's lifetime of service to God and to Freedom, is nothing more than a gutless pissant.

I for one am very comfortable with that notion.

30 posted on 03/03/2003 4:26:15 AM PST by Byron_the_Aussie
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To: piasa; Stavka2; MarMema; crazykatz
Piasa --

I think your analysis is quite astute. As an Orthodox Christian, I have had reason to mistrust some initiatives undertaken by JPII over the years (such as his recent visit to the huge mosque in Damascus Syria which used to be an Orthodox church 1400 years ago, I believe). But any attempt to reduce murderous "reprisals" by Muslims against Christians in the Middle East and Indonesia after a war starts can only be good.

Since most such Christians historically since 610 AD have been "Eastern" Christians (in the Orthodox Church, the extinct Nestorian Church, the Assyrian Church, etc. who used to number in the hundreds of millions where now there are but a handful), it only makes sense to make it clear that a secularized Western nation bombing a secularized Middel Eastern country is not a religious war as such.

I think that the primary reason that the British Empire made such a mess of things in the Middle East (militarily defending the Ottoman Empire's Muslim tyranny against the Orthodox Christians, such as in 1855-56 and 1878, for example) is precisely because there has never yet been a Protestant nation annihilated by the Muslim armies. They can feel safe behind the buffer. There will never be a "religious war" as the Muslims believe is already happening, until the day that a nuclear bomb or other horror takes out a Western European city.

31 posted on 03/03/2003 4:26:37 AM PST by wildandcrazyrussian
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To: Byron_the_Aussie
I agree with you Byron. If folks want to disagree with the Pope's stand on the Iraq war, which I do, fine, but the anti-Catholic bigotry has no place here.
32 posted on 03/03/2003 4:26:57 AM PST by KansasConservative
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To: Byron_the_Aussie
The Pope was against godless communist suppression. I guess the feigned religous brutal suppression by Saddam doesn't cut it.

And I said a certain number of Hail Mary's to convert Russia, too; but I'm still glad President Reagan believed in peace through strength.

Hate me because I won't genuflect. But I'm calling this as I'm seeing this. But if you'll start a thread on President Carter, I'll happily say much worse things about him.

33 posted on 03/03/2003 4:27:58 AM PST by patriciaruth
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To: Byron_the_Aussie
Well, let me put another notion to you: that someone like you, hiding behind a keyboard and anonymously passing cruel judgement on John Paul II's lifetime of service to God and to Freedom, is nothing more than a gutless pissant.

It definitely was not my intention to "pass cruel judgment" on the Pope. Please point out in what way I did it, because I would like to avoid it doing in the future.

34 posted on 03/03/2003 4:35:47 AM PST by Smile-n-Win
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To: HAL9000
The pope gets his info from EUROPEANS, mainly french.

But he also sees if we attack Iraq, that Islamofascists will be increased in number and start attacking Europe and the US, probably with WMD. It will also allow North Korea to attack while the US is "distracted". Christians in lands with a lot of Muslims will be killed.

In other words, the war is just, but it just might start WWIII, a multifaceted war on many different fronts, with millions of casualties from nuclear and biological weapons that will be smuggled into Europe and the USA, and ultimatly including a religious war between christianity and Islam.

This would be similar to Pius XI allowing a treaty between Germany and the church in 1933, which failed to see that Hitler would not only ignore the treaty but use it to show the "church" supported him. Without the treaty, a couple million Catholics would have died in Germany, and it would have made no difference in the long run for the war.

The question not answered by the Pope is what will happen if we DON'T go in. The ultimate result will be expanding Islamofascism that will again (for the third time) invade an aging Europe which already has a large young fifth column of unintegrated Islamic immigrants.

We in the US will be fairly well off: We have huge rural areas that will be safe no matter what, and our immigrants are mostly Christian. But Europe will bear the brunt of the war.

To this day, Catholics celebrate our Lady of Victories, celebrating the successful Battle of Lepanto, against invading Turkish forces. The idea was that a superior force was repelled at Lepanto and also in the Battle of Vienna, thanks to prayer.

So if we pray and fast, there might be a third way to resolve this: Between appeasement and war. Remember the fall of the Berlin wall? That was an example. It was not the appeasement urged by the Leftwing Catholic US bishops's conference, nor war. And THAT was the result of prayer.
35 posted on 03/03/2003 4:35:49 AM PST by LadyDoc
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To: Smile-n-Win
Doing it in the future, that is.
36 posted on 03/03/2003 4:36:31 AM PST by Smile-n-Win
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To: HAL9000
I think it may be time for JP to step down; someone else must be pulling the strings over there. This certainly doesn't sound like the same Pope who joined President Reagan and PM Thatcher and faced down the Warsaw Pact leaders.
37 posted on 03/03/2003 4:37:50 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: KansasConservative
..the anti-Catholic bigotry has no place here...

Thanks, KC.

What IS it, with our side of politics, that so many can never give fair credit to the heroes of freedom? Does it somehow ameliorate their insignificance, to snipe at their betters? It's not just the Pope: it's on nearly every day, here: Rush, Drudge, Hannity, Buchanan, even JR... why can't we save our shots, for the Left?

38 posted on 03/03/2003 4:40:16 AM PST by Byron_the_Aussie
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To: wildandcrazyrussian
But any attempt to reduce murderous "reprisals" by Muslims against Christians in the Middle East and Indonesia after a war starts can only be good.

I don't think this is going to reduce them, but simply make the Islamics feel more powerful. Islamics have only been stopped, historically, when the Church has stood up against them, not when it has made concessions to them. Saddam is a secularist only loosely speaking; the man who built a mosque out of used rocket shells and had a copy of the Koran written in his own blood is obviously trying to show where his allegiances lie.

In a similar vein, Pius XII tried maintaining a low profile to avoid attracting the attention of Hitler to the Church. This didn't work, because Hitler hated the Church anyway and attacked any individual or organization within it that he suspected might not kowtow to him. It was known that he planned a full-fledged assault on Christians after he got the Jews out of the way.

The only thing Pius XII did was soil his own name and that of the Church, and subject Christians to many more months of fear and reprisals because he did not encourage them to stand up and reject Hitler en masse. They were not supported by the Vatican, not because it was anti-Semitic, but because it was cowardly.

You can't compromise with evil. Throwing that dog a bone just makes it hungrier.

39 posted on 03/03/2003 4:42:26 AM PST by livius
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To: MEG33
Laying off, or remaining silent is EVIL. We must speak up in the name of ridding the world of the likes of Saddam Hussein.
40 posted on 03/03/2003 4:44:06 AM PST by OldFriend
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To: BlessedBeGod
Now there's charitable response for you...but it's hardly Catholic bashing to state the truth. The Pope and the Catholic Church would be better served if the Holy See directed this much energy and concern towards solving its internal problems.
41 posted on 03/03/2003 4:46:52 AM PST by O6ret
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To: Chi-townChief
I agree with the assessment that this will act as a counter to the assertion that this is a holy war between Christians and Muslims.

I don't believe that the Pope should step down, by any stretch. Just think about how scandalous it was when Jesus told his disciples to basically stop worrying about the Romans and start worrying about their neighbors and themselves and the Kingdom of God.

I'm an orthodox Catholic and I have a hard time swallowing the notion of letting Iraq off the hook.

But this guy (the Pope) is at a spiritual level I can't even hope to attain. That said, all we can do is pray for a better understanding of what the Pope is asking for. I don't understand it, and part of me doesn't want to understand it. I believe this is a just war. I believe that we are confronting evil. I believe that war with the prospect (nay, certainty) of driving Saddam from power is 100 times more humane than leaving him in his insidious seat of power to rape, torture, and drain life and soul from his own subjects...

42 posted on 03/03/2003 4:51:25 AM PST by Dirk McQuickly
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To: patriciaruth; Smile-n-Win
..the Pope was against godless communist suppression. I guess the feigned religous brutal suppression by Saddam doesn't cut it...

No, it doesn't.

There is no possible comparison between a pipsqueak like Saddam, and the might of the Soviet Bloc, at the time John Paul II decided to face it down.

Look, I apologise if I went overboard back there. I just feel very strongly that we Freepers should show a bit of respect for someone who has accomplished so much; so much, for all of us. Goodnight.

43 posted on 03/03/2003 4:51:54 AM PST by Byron_the_Aussie
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To: OldFriend
I thought the post I answered wasn't about Saddam.
44 posted on 03/03/2003 4:55:10 AM PST by MEG33
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To: Byron_the_Aussie
I just feel very strongly that we Freepers should show a bit of respect for someone who has accomplished so much; so much, for all of us.

I agree with you on this.

45 posted on 03/03/2003 4:55:26 AM PST by Smile-n-Win
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To: piasa
I remember when the War on Terror was initially launched, one of the Pope's unspoken reasons for not publicly endorsing it was so as not to exacerbate tensions for believers in Moslem lands. There are plenty of vulnerable believers not only in the ME, but in SE Asia as well. I found that to be a very wise and commendable consideration, and I think this remains a major goal of his.

But I think the Pope now takes his position and its advocacy way too far. It quite seems that he does not appreciate the danger an aggressor like Hussein would be once imbued with nuclear capability, which surely is on the horizon. Resultantly, he, who more than anyone is the curator of Just War Theory, disallows the validity of the concept of a preemptive Just War. It is exactly there that I believe he has erred philosophically.

In short, he's wrong on this one. Probably sincerely so, but nonetheless wrong. And now he's attempting to press the point, in spades.
46 posted on 03/03/2003 5:01:45 AM PST by Paul_B
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To: HAL9000
Hmmm, to my memory, I don't recall the Pope saying word one of prayer for all of the women and children being raped, experimented on with biological and chemcial weapons, having limbs cut off without regard or shot without trial. But I guess being with the communists in favor of the one world government solution to all problems in the world is more important than Iraqi civilians.
47 posted on 03/03/2003 5:04:04 AM PST by Beck_isright (going to war without the French is like duck hunting without an accordian)
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To: Byron_the_Aussie
If the Pope is such a warrior against communism, why is he siding with the UN, a blatant attempt at a one world communist government which desires to dictate economic and personal behavior to all member nations?
48 posted on 03/03/2003 5:05:51 AM PST by Beck_isright (going to war without the French is like duck hunting without an accordian)
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To: HAL9000
Given the current state of the American Church, at least, the moral authority of the Holy See is pretty low right now. This is a bad move. The Church should clean its own house before going on a moral crusade to support Islamism and socialist dictators like Saddam. Very sad.
49 posted on 03/03/2003 5:12:52 AM PST by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo Mesopotamiam Esse Delendam)
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To: HAL9000
Consider this, from Hobbes' Leviathan, in 1668:
Part IV. Of the Kingdom of Darkness

Chap. xlvii. Of the Benefit that proceedeth from such Darkness

[21] ...For from the time that the Bishop of Rome had gotten to be acknowledged for bishop universal, by pretence of succsession to St. Peter, their whole hierarchy (or kingdom of darkness) may be compared not unfitly to the kingdom of fairies (that is, to the old wives' fables in England, concerning ghosts and spirits and the feats they play in the night). And if a man consider the original of this ecclesiastical dominion, he will easily perceive that the Papacy is no other than the ghost of the deceased Roman empire sitting crowned upon the grave thereof. For so did the Papacy start out of the ruins of that heathen power.

[22] The language also which they use (both in the churches and in their public acts) being Latin, which is not commonly used by any nation now in the world, what is it but the ghost of the old Roman language?

[23] The fairies, in what nation soever they converse, have but one universal king, which some poets of ours call King Oberon; but the Scripture calls Beelzebub, prince of demons. The ecclesiastics likewise, in whose dominions soever they be found, acknowledge but one universal king, the Pope.

[24] The ecclesiastics are spiritual men and ghostly fathers. The fairies and ghosts inhabit darkness, solitudes, and graves. The ecclesiastics walk in obscurity of doctrine...


50 posted on 03/03/2003 5:17:01 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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