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Ukrainian cardinal challenges US to restore its role as moral force

Cardinal Lubomyr Husar of Lviv, Ukraine, appealed for the United States, through the intervention of its religious leaders - especially its Catholic bishops - to restore its image as a moral force for the rest of the world.

"When I first came to the United States in 1949, my mother told me and my sisters, 'Children, this is a good country, an honest country, morally sound.' This was the attitude of many," Cardinal Husar, a naturalised US citizen, said in an address on Wednesday to the US bishops during their autumn general meeting in Washington.

"In recent years, however, there have been some unfortunate changes. The moral stature of the United States has been sadly declining," Cardinal Husar said. "Many in Ukraine and Eastern Europe who used to look up to the United States for its moral leadership have been feeling depressed."

The United States, he added, "is not only supposed to be the strongest country, the richest country, it is supposed to be a moral force."

Catholic News Service

15 Nov 2002