US Bishops' September 11 statement urges peace, not just safety
In a statement on the eve of the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks, the US Bishops mourned the loss of innocent life, but insisted that Catholics' faith calls them "to find the right ways to seek justice, to become peacemakers".
The Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops declared that September 11 "has become a symbol of unspeakable evil and deep loss, of tremendous sacrifice and great faith and of challenges we continue to face as a people".
They added that the 'war on terrorism' should be fought with the support of the international community and primarily by non-military means.
The statement mourned the murder of so many innocent people from so many countries, and also mourned the nation's loss of its sense of invulnerability.
"Yet, our faith challenges us to live in solidarity with those around the world who face pervasive violence and insecurity," the bishops declared. "As our nation considers important questions of war and peace, our faith calls us to find the right ways to seek justice, to become peacemakers, and to protect the life and dignity of all in a world broken by terror and disrespect for human life."
The USCCB Administrative Committee, composed of almost 50 bishops from throughout the country, meets three times a year.
"This 'war on terrorism' should be fought with the support of the international community and primarily by non-military means, denying terrorists resources, recruits, and opportunities for their evil acts. As our nation seeks to defend our people and values, we should hold fast to our basic principles of justice, freedom, fairness, and openness in our treatment of all persons, especially vulnerable immigrants and refugees."
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US Conference of Catholic Bishops
11 Sep 2002