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Cindy Sheehan’s vigil mobilizes Catholics against the war in Iraq
Catholics for Faithful Citizenship ^ | 8/22/05

Posted on 08/22/2005 2:39:58 PM PDT by madprof98

Message reiterates Catholic Church’s stance that Iraq war is a ‘defeat for humanity’

The ongoing protest of Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a U.S. Marine killed in Iraq, epitomizes more than three years of sustained criticism from the Catholic Church regarding the war in Iraq. Sheehan’s two-week vigil outside of President Bush’s vacation ranch in Crawford, Texas has mobilized millions of people of faith in the U.S. who question the practicality of the continued U.S. presence in Iraq, and wonder about the lack of any clear exit strategy offered by the Bush Administration. Sheehan, a Catholic who served as a youth minister for her church, lost her son Casey, a former altar boy, on April 14, 2004 in Sadr City, Iraq. She has asked the president for another meeting with her and other family members who have lost loved ones in Iraq, but has so far been denied a second meeting.

“As national Catholic organizations, we applaud the efforts of Cindy Sheehan and the many others who have lost loved ones in Iraq, in calling for an end to this war. We urge President Bush to meet with Cindy Sheehan.” The Vatican and many others within the Catholic Church have expressed sustained and strong criticism of the war in Iraq,” stated Dave Robinson, executive director of Pax Christi USA, a national Catholic human rights organization.

Sheehan’s faith has once again focused the spotlight on the role that religion plays in the public sphere, particularly in regard to the war in Iraq. Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI both strongly criticized the U.S.-led war. Before his death in April 2005, Pope John Paul II repeated his condemnation of the Iraq war, which he called “a defeat for humanity,” and challenged the “arrogant” use of power by the Bush administration, saying that the Iraq war has led to incalculable material damage, and fomented hatred and tension in the region. “The arrogance of power must be countered with reason, force with dialogue, pointed weapons with outstretched hands, evil with good,” he said. Pope Benedict XVI has stated that “the concept of ‘preventive war’ does not appear in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.”

In the time since the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, church leaders from around the world have consistently criticized the war. Cardinal James Francis Stafford, the former Archbishop of Denver, called the Iraq war a “moral failure.” Archbishop John Foley, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said that a “just peace…is badly needed, not only for the poor, the innocent and the defenseless in the Middle East, but for the members of our own armed forces and indeed for our own populations who risk being victimized again by horrible terrorism.” Cardinal Pio Laghi, a former Vatican Ambassador in Washington and a Bush family friend, said that the U.S. is involved in a war that the Catholic Church considers both illegal and unjust.

“Many soldiers have given the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq, led to believe – with the rest of the American public – that there was an imminent threat from Iraq. That has proven to be untrue. Now, more than 1,800 U.S. soldiers have died, and countless numbers of Iraqi civilians,” said Eric McFadden of Catholics for Faithful Citizenship. “As Catholics, we pray for the safe return of all troops, the protection of innocent Iraqis, and the wise leadership of all nations involved in this conflict.”

Many proponents of the war in Iraq, including media pundits, have attacked the character of Sheehan, a grieving mother, for her vocal disagreement and active protest of Bush administration policies.

“These pundits not only contradict the teachings of the Catholic Church that condemn the Iraq war, they also offend a sense of compassion and decency that should be afforded all – especially someone who has lost a loved one in this war,” said McFadden.

Pax Christi USA is a national Catholic peace and justice organization, reaching more than half a million Catholics in the United States. Our membership includes more than 130 U.S. bishops, 800 parishes, 650 religious communities and 300 local groups. Pax Christi USA is a section of Pax Christi International, an international Catholic peace movement with consultative status at the United Nations. For more information, visit www.paxchristiusa.org.

Catholics for Faithful Citizenship is a Catholic organization that promotes education and involvement in the U.S. political process from a lens of social justice, just war policy and attention to the poor. Formed in 2004, Catholics for Faithful Citizenship seeks to inform Catholic voters on the wide range of issues that the Church calls Catholic voters to base their political decisions on. For more information, visit www.catholicsforfaithfulcitizenship.org.


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KEYWORDS: catholics; cindysheehan
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I've never heard of this group til now, but its website favorably quotes Howard Dean and offers some obviously bogus statistics on abortion. I am wondering if it is a Soros-funded operation. Anybody know anything about it?
1 posted on 08/22/2005 2:39:58 PM PDT by madprof98
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I think you've discovered enough already.


2 posted on 08/22/2005 2:41:29 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired!)
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Pope Benedict XVI has stated that “the concept of ‘preventive war’ does not appear in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.”

Nor is there argument against it.

3 posted on 08/22/2005 2:43:44 PM PDT by SteveMcKing ("I was born a Democrat. I expect I'll be a Democrat the day I leave this earth." -Zell Miller '04)
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Lovely ... now the liberal Catholics are jumping on the phony bandwagon.
4 posted on 08/22/2005 2:44:56 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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Her "vigil" hasn't mobilized anybody but the MSM and a few peacenic crack-pots.


5 posted on 08/22/2005 2:45:27 PM PDT by L98Fiero
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B.S.


6 posted on 08/22/2005 2:45:41 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy (Never forget Terri Schindler)
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The Old Media has a bad habit of sourcing these impressive-named organizations, never learning they are made up of nothing more than a handful of liberal career 'students'.
7 posted on 08/22/2005 2:45:57 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: SteveMcKing

bttt


8 posted on 08/22/2005 2:46:17 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: madprof98

I tried to research this group and their leadership, history, and funding is a dark secret. They appear to be just another democrat front group, not real Catholics at all if you look at their pro-abortion position.


10 posted on 08/22/2005 2:49:55 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer.
- Theodore Roosevelt
11 posted on 08/22/2005 2:50:16 PM PDT by Reagan Man (Secure the borders;punish employers who hire illegals;halt all welfare handouts to illegals.)
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I notice the guy's name appears on Planned Parenthood's website.


12 posted on 08/22/2005 2:50:59 PM PDT by madprof98
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I believe that Pope John Paul II condemned the war. However once started he felt the US had an obligation to stick with it and make things better.

I also wonder if Cindy Sheehan is such a devout Catholic where does she stand on abortion, women priests, artificial birth control, and abstinence. What about other Catholic tenants such as humility, grace, respect for authority and best of all rendering to Cesar what is Cesar's, and to God what is God's.

13 posted on 08/22/2005 2:52:51 PM PDT by twin2
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This is obviously a Leftist front group. Note that there are no names or even a physical address for this "group." Dems are very concerned about the rapid shift of Catholics away from their party.

Of course, there is no "official Catholic position" on the Iraq war. Only traditional Christian teaching on just war, and the need for war to be a last resort. Support for, or even tolerance of, terrorism is entirely outside the Christian tradition.


14 posted on 08/22/2005 2:53:51 PM PDT by iowamark
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What I find entertaining is that they plopped a quote onto of the Vatican without attributing it to anyone, which typically means that it isn't attributed to anyone at the Vatican, but they'd love it to be.

A press release that will, alas, likely catch some MSM outlet who will run with it. 'Cause it's beat up on Bush season.


15 posted on 08/22/2005 2:56:46 PM PDT by kingu (Draft Fmr Senator Fred Thompson for '08.)
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Bingo! I found a Press release from this phony organization: It's purpose is to influence Catholic swing voters to go democrat.


16 posted on 08/22/2005 2:56:47 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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Could you share that? I ask because I know some people who are going to be all excited about this great new "Catholic" find.


17 posted on 08/22/2005 2:59:45 PM PDT by madprof98
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They are about as Catholic as Osama or Soros!

Here is one of their "sister" organizations:

http://www.sgi.org/english/SGI/abolition2000/abolition.htm
founded by a member of the japanese hoarde that attacked the USA at Peral Harbor. Apparantly he did not like losing.

tsk tsk.

www.catholicsforfaithfulcitizenship.org ??

Registrant Name:Eric McFadden
Registrant Organization:The Edward Lake Company
Registrant Street1:6290 Hyland Dr
Registrant City:Dublin
Registrant State/Province:OH
Registrant Postal Code:43017
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.6149754453

That name is familiar??

Another GRAMSCI plant to destroy Christian Judeo coutries?

Unfortunately many freepers don't know that just because a communist calls himself a catholic - it does NOT make him a Catholic.


18 posted on 08/22/2005 2:59:57 PM PDT by hombre_sincero
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I notice the guy's name appears on Planned Parenthood's website.

Catholics for Faithful Citizenship supporting Planned Parenthood?

No

Freekin'

Way

Is

this

Legitimate!

19 posted on 08/22/2005 3:00:23 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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These pundits not only contradict the teachings of the Catholic Church that condemn the Iraq war

Excuse me, but there is no such teaching. Pope JPII personally was against the war, but this was not a binding teaching of the entire Church.

20 posted on 08/22/2005 3:03:06 PM PDT by Americanchild
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