Friday, November 15, 2002

The ever-reticent George Neumayr offers a mild look at the Bishops' statement on Iraq

Had Ronald Reagan taken the peacenik advice of the U.S. bishops during the Cold War, the Soviet Communists would have won it. Undaunted, the bishops continue to offer advice to U.S. leaders on defense policy. American bishops who can't protect their own church are confident that they know how to protect America. Passivity in the face of evil has worked so well for them that they are recommending it as a policy to President George Bush.

In their "Statement on Iraq," the bishops who couldn't take preemptive action against molesters in their midst fret about preemptive action against Saddam Hussein. They want Bush to step back from the "brink of war." They "find it difficult to justify the resort to war against Iraq, lacking clear and adequate evidence of an imminent attack of a grave nature."

This sounds about as prudent as reassigning molesters until lawsuits threatening the church's reputation and finances emerge. One wonders what would meet the evidentiary bar of the American bishops, given that clear and adequate evidence of an imminent attack of a grave nature on their own church, presented to them for decades by lay people, never impressed them very much.

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