John L. Allen Jr.
Pope leads Catholic
voices decrying U.S. military action in Iraq.
As the U.S.-led
war in Iraq continues, international opposition as measured both by opinion
polls and street protests remains strong, including reactions from within
the Catholic world.
chaplains see conflict differently
Sunday Mass March 23, the 300 active and retired military personnel and
their families did not have to look far to remind themselves of wars’ costs:
Fort Myer’s nondenominational chapel lies adjacent to Arlington National
Cemetery’s 260,000 graves, just a short walk from the Iwo Jima Memorial
and the Tomb of the Unknowns.
war applies on battlefield, analyst says
Maryann Cusimano-Love -- adviser to the U.S. bishops on Iraq, associate
professor of politics at The Catholic University of America and fellow
at the U.S. Naval Academy Ethics Center -- told 500 church social action
workers (NCR, Feb. 21) that just war criteria are as relevant to
the conduct of a war as they are in making the determination to begin hostilities.
here for photos
Raymond A. Schroth
is all boom-boom-boom, light and smoke -- but no human faces.
days the most media-ized war in history went from illusion to reality,
from the long-cherished dream of “decapitating” Saddam Hussein and all
his top generals in one swift swipe to a weekend of calamities, only some
of which could have been foreseen.
church leaders: united in hope, divided in views
John L. Allen Jr.
church leaders are united in expressing hopes for a swift end to the war,
they express different views about what the U.S.-led incursion may accomplish.
Bishop Mar Bawai
Soro, who heads the diocese of Western California for the Assyrian Church
of the East, was in Rome in mid-March, and told NCR he believes
the effort to topple Saddam Hussein is justified.
in Baghdad question ‘precision’ bombing
it seems, depends on one’s perspective.
Writing on the
Web site of the Iraq Peace Team -- Americans who have remained in Iraq
not, they say, as “human shields” but as peace advocates “standing in solidarity”
with Iraqis -- Lisa Ndjeru wrote that one person’s precision is another’s
is a stop on Bush ‘unipolarist’ track
So how did we
get from liberty and justice to shock and awe? How did enshrined ideals
become buried under military policies aimed at exporting fear, not respect?
All the military
might in the world cannot win a single heart or still a conscience. It
cannot turn back the rising sea of protesters taking to streets worldwide.
Historically, U.S. ideals have set our nation apart.
devotions may be sign of liturgical health
Fr. James Martin,
associate editor of the Jesuit weekly America, is to be commended
for initiating a series of short articles, “Contemporary Catholics on Traditional
Devotions,” to run during the Lenten and Easter seasons. He invited each
contributor -- some in their 30s and 40s -- to write about a devotion that
has proven especially meaningful in her or his life and to indicate why
the devotion might appeal to other Catholics as well.
weapons of mass deception
In the terminology
of American foreign policy currently on display as the war machine gets
oiled once again, these are the “izes.” It was the pattern in trying to
kill Osama bin Laden and the Taliban after 9/11, and it is at work now
with the Iraqi government.
aide meets in Rome with three U.S. sex abuse victims
John L. Allen
In a personal
message to three Boston-area men who say they are victims of sexual abuse
by Catholic priests, John Paul II vowed that he “realizes the seriousness
of the problem” and “will see that this doesn’t happen again.”
The message was
carried March 26 by Msgr. James Green, a senior official in the Secretariat
of State, who told the men the pope had also asked that Green bring messages
from them to him that evening.
California bishop back in headlines
Bishop G. Patrick
Ziemann, who in 1999 resigned in disgrace from the leadership of the Santa
Rosa, Calif., diocese, is in the news in Los Angeles and San Francisco,
archdioceses in which he served.
In Los Angeles,
where he was an auxiliary bishop to Cardinal Roger Mahony prior to his
Santa Rosa appointment, Ziemann is reportedly under criminal investigation
for sexual molestation.
road home to Baghdad
I’m writing this
as our Christian Peacemakers Team is in its 13-hour drive across the desert,
now about an hour and a half short of Baghdad. Leah, Jonathan, Weldon and
I are in the second van, together with our driver, Mohammed. Just ahead
of us are Sis, Jerry, Kara, Sean and Dave, driven by Mohammed’s brother.
We’ve been piercing a sandstorm for several hours.
THE EDITOR'S DESK
I’m not sure
where I stand on embedded war reporting. Too often, early on, I heard so
much breathless cheerleading for the war effort that I was skeptical that
we’d get any reporting of value out of the exercise. Then some differences
began to appear as the movement of troops from Kuwait north to Baghdad
began to encounter resistance and serious struggle.
Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns
CANTICLE OF CONFESSION
In the darkness
we knelt, afraid to confess.
And out of the
darkness came a tender voice:
be not afraid to unburden your hearts,
for am I
not your compassionate Beloved?
Root of War Is Fear
war crisis is something we have made entirely for and by ourselves. There
is in reality not the slightest logical reason for war, and yet the whole
world is plunging headlong into frightful destruction, and doing so with
the purpose of avoiding war and preserving peace!
End of the American Era:
Foreign Policy and the Geopolitics of the Twenty-First Century
By Dan Lindley
come and go. The United States, the current sole superpower, has nowhere
to go but down as others inevitably balance against or grow faster than
the United States. In essence, this is the argument of Charles Kupchan
in The End of the American Era. And at first glance, this sounds
like the arguments of almost any realist, and especially the 1980s “declinists”
such as Paul Kennedy and Sam Huntington.
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internationalism combined with a prickly unilateralism is a lethal mix,
the worst of both worlds.’
memorable quote from this week's issue.