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Posted: 5/12/2004 10:02:47 AM EST
If there is a double standard of objection here this will only be further evidence of the Catholic Church's blindness to their own fall into disgrace.

Vatican: G.I. inmate abuse more harmful to U.S. than 9/11


ROME — The scandal of prisoner abuses by U.S. soldiers in Iraq has dealt a bigger blow to the United States than the Sept. 11 attacks, the Vatican foreign minister told an Italian newspaper.

In an interview published Wednesday in the Rome daily La Repubblica, Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo described the abuses as “a tragic episode in the relationship with Islam” and said the scandal would fuel hatred for the West and for Christianity.

“The torture? A more serious blow to the United States than Sept. 11. Except that the blow was not inflicted by terrorists but by Americans against themselves,” Lajolo was quoted as saying in La Repubblica.

Lajolo said that “intelligent people in Arab countries understand that in a democracy such episodes are not hidden and are punished ... Still the vast mass of people — under the influence of Arab media — cannot but feel aversion and hate for the West growing inside themselves.”

And, he added, “the West is often identified with Christianity.” The remarks were not the first by Lajolo on the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. In the wake of the scandal, he had said that a democracy should punish those responsible and their direct superiors.

The Vatican paper, L’Osservatore Romano, has also run some harsh comments in the past days. On Monday, it criticized what it called a Pentagon cover-up and took sharp aim at the photograph of a soldier holding a prisoner by a leash.

In Wednesday’s interview, Lajolo said the coalition’s priority should be “putting as soon as possible at the head of the Iraqi executive an Iraqi leader who speaks to the Iraqis in Arabic and not in English.” President Bush is scheduled to hold talks with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican on June 4.

Originally published on May 12, 2004
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 2:17:38 PM EST
Anybody who has an institutionalized policy of protecting known pedophiles has no cedibility.
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 2:37:43 PM EST
This really isn't anything new. Last year about this time the Vatican was making daily comments about how wrong it was for Bush to go to war with Iraq. At the same time the priest abuse scandles were going on but the Vatican didn't have anything to say condeming the child abuse.
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 2:40:16 PM EST
That's great, coming from the largest institutional producer of boy touchers in the last century or two.
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 2:40:23 PM EST
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