Friday, July 14, 2006

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.

"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."
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.

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


At 7/14/2006 12:42 PM, Blogger Advocatus Militaris said...

Can't wait for Bertone to step in.

At 7/14/2006 1:52 PM, Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

The other outrageous thing, to my mind, is that liberals will use this state to try to "prove" that we Catholics shouldn't support Israel.

But let the Vatican condemn gay marriage or abortion, and then how interested are they in the Vatican's "moral authority"?

At 7/16/2006 7:41 AM, Blogger St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse said...

So, then, should we do the opposite? Cite Vatican statements we prefer, and dismiss those that we don't? It cuts both ways.

At 7/16/2006 10:45 AM, Blogger Dymphna said...

Many people in high places have decided to throw in with the Islamiacists because they see that the future of Europe is hopelessly Muslim. They think that by pandering now they can buy themselves and their children some immunity later.

Sodano isn't the only one who thinks like this. On Friday I sat through a homily given by a priest who spent many years in Israel. He railed against the Israelis and spoke pityingly about the Palestinians. He is perfectly open about his belief that Israel shouldn't exist. People in the pews squirm and look unhappy when he talks like this but the pastor allows it and probaby so did the cardinal.


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