Catholic politicians at odds with church on Syria

As U.S. bishops join Pope Francis in calling for a non-violent resolution to the war in Syria, the nation’s top Catholic politicians have gone the opposite way.

Secretary of State John Kerry has emerged as the administration’s principal advocate for strikes against the Assad regime. Vice President Joe Biden has made the case for Assad’s guilt in the chemical attack that President Obama says would justify armed intervention. And yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also lent their support to a military solution.

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  1. # 1:There are no “good guys” in this fight. (Assad is a bad guy but much of the opposition is composed of radical Islamists who would persecute Christians if they came to power. #2: There is no way of predicting the exact outcome of any set of strikes. The only thing it would prove is that we are the biggest dog on the block and everyone already knows that. This is the wrong path folks! Look at what happened in Egypt! Except there is no military who would try to counter an Islamist takeover. NO INCREASE IN ARMS, NO AIR STRIKES! We cannot predict the outcome!

  2. So, the bishops have taken sides on the Syria question and it is noted that prominent Catholic politicians here in the US disagree.

    I, for one, don’t recall Catholic news sources being so direct in pointing out how Kerry, Biden, Pelosi and a few others have staunchly preserved at-whim abortion in this country.

    It is interesting to note that “Catholic” politicians’ disagreement with fundamental and traditional moral positions seems not nearly as important as their legitimate positions taken regarding “the just war” doctrine.

    The Catholic Church in this country continues to make the profound mistake of identifying itself with politicically, socially, economically,and culturally liberal positions, the position of a handful of bishops to the contrary notwithstanding.

  3. The logic is what counts; what can a strike do, how far and how many and what about civilians. Who on the ground will benefit. what about the eight million displaced the two million refugees outside Iraq. What about the Saudis cash and oil reserves, they have enough but why rely on them. The citizens of USA and UK and France and other allies saw the stupidity and cost of Iraq-Afghanistan and Sadat seems to be a very loose cannon

  4. These politicians are at odds with the church on abortion, too. Why are we surprised?

  5. Duane, I don’t think the bishops have chosen sides in the Syrian question so much as they have chosen the side of peace.This mornings news speaks about a Christian village protected by Assad’s soldiers being shelled by Islamic extremists with the people taking refuge in a convent. IF somehow US aid should tip the balance to defeat Assad it would not end the fighting. Just as Iraq erupted into civil war after the removal of Sadam Hussein the rebels in Syria are divided and would fight among themselves. It is already happening. The possibility of a failed state exists. That might be the worst of all outcomes and seems to go unrecognized by POTUS and the rest of the crowd supporting the strikes.

  6. Jim, I agree, for the most part. I am of two minds regarding our role in the Syria question.

    For the minor part, I’m not sure any of us knows today what comprises “the peace” in Syria. Refraining from any action means that Assad continues in power. What sort of “peace” is that for the Syrians?
    Removing Assad, however, does not guarantee that the jihadists won’t come to power, and we know what that means.

  7. Thanks Duane, There is a story by the New York Times available on line today addressing the brutality of the Syrian rebels and the dilemma it poses for the US. It comes down to the question, “Whose judgment do you trust?” Our Holy Father and the US bishops don’t think military action is the answer. The Christian leaders of Syria are saying we should back off. That is good enough for me. There is another aspect-the problem of refugees and their needs. That’s where our efforts need to be directed. Instead of being the cop that, “always goes after the bad guy” we need to act more like the doctors and nurses in the emergency dept. They care for the wounded without asking “whose bullet we are removing?” or “whose wounds we are dressing?”.

  8. Mr.Obama has not ever said that negotiations have been attempted or have failed. He seems determined to kill innocent Syrians and that makes him no better than Assad. As for the Catholic politicians, perhaps the Holy Father should step in and tell them that by their actions they have removed themselves from communion with the Church –excommunicate them and if they want to return, they can ask forgiveness. The American arrogance will be the country’s downfall.

  9. Jim, something else might be in play here: The possibility that some of the gassing is the responsibility of jihadists who want Assad gone so that they can, perhaps, fight the “moderate” rebels and win control of Syria and establish another Islamist state.

    One more reason why we’re on such treacherous ground.

  10. Each with his/her own opinion. But to me, our church has to show stricter rule against the so-called catholics that oppose the Pope. Smaller number does not mean a weaker church, as history shows that the church grew the fastest in the early days of the apostles.

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