Cardinal Angelo Sodano Sides With the Terrorists
Amy Welborn has the text of the statement by outgoing Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, regarding the current Middle East crisis. As usual, it's light on the perfunctory generic condemnation of terror, and heavy on the specific condemnation of Israel's self-defensive response:
"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.Again, the level of moral equivalence in a statement like that is astounding. Except that it's NOT really moral equivalence when the victimized party receives the brunt of the criticism. The only disproportionate measures that I see taking place are coming from those who are harshly condemning Israel for defending itself from overt acts of war.
"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."
As usual, the comments over at Amy's are a MUST read. Some good stuff there, especially coming from the always reasonable Tom Haessler.
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Our Guys Side With the Terrorists ... Again