Monday, February 17, 2003
More bullsh** from Andrew Sullivan:
posted by Kensy |
THE VATICAN AND THE THUGS: The Roman Catholic hierarchy is now in full spin behind Saddam Hussein's dictatorship. It was truly sickening to see Tariq Aziz, the instrument of one of the most murderous regimes on earth, using the shrine of St Francis for a photo-op. It's even more sickening to read the comments of Cardinal Etchegaray, informing the world that
Saddam Hussein had been relieved by Friday's report to the United Nations by the chief weapons inspectors. "He [Saddam Hussein] is doing everything to avoid war," the Cardinal told Italian television, according to French news agency AFP.
I know these aren't matters of faith and doctrine to which all Catholics are supposed to assent. But after the child-abuse scandals, we now have to deal with a Catholic hierarchy that is actively supporting genocidal dictators and their malevolent agendas. When the world needs moral clarity, the Vatican gives us the spin from Baghdad. It really is 1933 again, isn't it?
When the world needs journalistic integrity, Andrew Sullivan gives us half-excerpts. Here's the whole Cathnews article:
President Saddam Hussein of Iraq has urged Pope John Paul II to address the "racial and religious discrimination" which has made his country a target of possible military action, state television reported.
The Iraqi leader told a special Vatican envoy that Iraqis were being singled out because they were Muslim and that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction.
The envoy, Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, met the Iraqi leader for 90 minutes in Baghdad delivering a message from the Pope.
The cardinal said Saddam Hussein had been relieved by Friday's report to the United Nations by the chief weapons inspectors.
"He [Saddam Hussein] is doing everything to avoid war," Cardinal Etchegaray told Italian television, according to French news agency AFP.
That's it. Sullivan's using his favourite beating sticks to hit the Church based on that. If it's not homosexuality and child abuse, it's the Church stand against an Iraq war.