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[casi] FW: [nfp] Fw: Vatican against war on Iraq

In response to a query re Vatican statements I am forwarding this to you
if you think it helpful. It was sent to me from our PX offices this
Stuart Hemsley

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FROM ZENIT items 30 January 2003

 Cardinal Sodano Wonders Who Would Benefit from Iraq War
Vatican Secretary of State Analyzes Possible Attack

ROME, JAN. 30, 2003 ( The Vatican secretary of state
appealed to
the United States and Great Britain to analyze the moral aspects and
consequences of a possible war against Iraq.

"Whom does it suit to confront 1 billion Muslims and run the risk of
of hostility from the Muslim world?" Cardinal Angelo Sodano asked
Tuesday in
the Holy See's nunciature in Italy, where he celebrated his 25 years of

During an informal meeting with journalists, Cardinal Sodano confirmed
the Vatican is committed "with all the means at its disposal" to find a
solution to this crisis.

He reminded Western heads of state that a "war" of attack is not
ethically, and less so if it is "preventive," as reflected in the
of the Catholic Church, which focuses on a country's right to legitimate

In this connection, the cardinal said the "West has the right to defend
itself from terrorism," but it also has the obligation to do so
according to

This poses the question of the clash of civilizations, "poorly
certainly, by some, but possible," he cautioned.

In any case, he added, "there is not just one Islam. There are many
tendencies within it and Muslim ambassadors to the Vatican speak of
tolerance," although there is "the problem of the situation of
who are suffering" in some of those countries.

Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the secretary of state said
there have been "errors and blindness on both sides, but the two peoples
must be able to have two states with secure borders."

Vatican Looking for a Gesture to Help Avert War

VATICAN CITY, JAN. 30, 2003 ( The Vatican might make a
gesture" to avoid a military intervention in Iraq, a top official says.

Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, Vatican secretary for relations with
did not exclude the possibility of sending a peace emissary to Baghdad
behalf of the Pope.

"For the time being, there is nothing concrete," the archbishop told the
press today. "We are just thinking about it. It is a possibility, not
yet a

Concept of "Preventive War" Is Inadmissible, Say Italian Bishops
U.N. Authorization Isn't Enough, They Contend

ROME, JAN. 30, 2003 ( Simple U.N. authorization doesn't
a "preventive war" with Iraq, and in any case such a military action
be unacceptable because it is unlimited, say Italy's bishops.

The Italian episcopate manifested its position on an eventual conflict
Iraq during a press conference to present the final statement of the
bishops' Permanent Council, which met here Jan. 20-22.

Bishop Giuseppe Betori, secretary-general of the episcopal conference,
that while "the U.N.'s authorization is an element that can never be
up in a military action, [...] it is not the only one."

"If the preventive dimension of a war continues and the conflict in
is not a concrete response to a situation of attack," the U.N.
does not make a war just, he said.

The very concept of preventive war is "unacceptable in itself, because
prevention, in fact, has no limit," the bishop added. "Without a
situation of threat, actual or possible, no act of war can be

In regard to the possibility that the U.N. inspectors might find weapons
mass destruction on Iraqi soil, Bishop Betori emphasized that "it is not
competence of bishops to judge the degree and level in which such
can become a concrete and effective threat."

Regarding war scenarios, "the Church's intervention is in the aspect of
formation of consciences," he said. "Today it is not enough to make
for peace, but consciences must be formed capable of carrying out
plans of peace; otherwise, invitations to peace are ineffective."

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