Tuesday, October 31, 2006

U.S. Bishops And The Plight of Iraqi Christians

It looks like the U.S. Catholic bishops have caught up with the serious situation facing the Iraqi Christians. Here's the latest:

WASHINGTON (October 30, 2006) — The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on International Policy has asked Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to consider measures that would help improve the deteriorating situation for Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq.

In a letter to Secretary Rice, Bishop Thomas G. Wenski of Orlando (FL) notes that Christians in Iraq continue to decline from a pre-war population of over 1.2 million to a current estimate of 600,000, and according to the U.N. High Commission for Refugees, over 40 percent of Iraqi refugees are Christian even though they represent only about 4 percent of Iraq’s total population.

The following part is probably the strongest in his letter to Condi:

“The growing and deliberate targeting of Christians is an ominous sign of the breakdown in Iraqi society of civil order and inter-religious respect and represents a grave violation of human rights and religious liberty,” Bishop Wenski wrote, pointing to the recent beheading of a Syriac Orthodox priest in Mosul, the crucifixion of a Christian teenager in Albasra, the kidnapping for ransom of four priests and the rape of Christian women and teenage girls as indicators that the situation has reached a crisis point. “The vulnerability of Christians and other religious minorities is dramatic evidence of the serious and growing security challenges facing the entire nation of Iraq,” Bishop Wenski said.


I've been writing about their difficult situation for the last three years. Most of the time, I get a deaf ear from both sides of American politics. At one point, I thought to stop writing on this subject and move on to more fluffy and happy news. I can't be silent anymore. If you're not interested in this subject, then you may need to stop reading this blog. I decided to continue to focus on this subject. Thank you for reading this far though.

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Blogger Liam said...

Fay, please keep writing about this. Regardless about what one feels about policies or politics, facts like this should be known. Unfortunately, sometimes it's only the people who have a personal connection to the matter who are even aware of it. There is so much bad news coming from different parts of the world -- the Congo, the Mid-East, Oxaca in Mexico -- that people subconsciously stop up their ears to it, and we need the lone voices crying out in the wilderness to continue to cry out.

11/02/2006 09:46:00 AM  

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