Baghdad Catholic University rector comments on weapons inspectors
The rector of Baghdad's Catholic University has called upon international leaders to respect the conclusions reached by UN weapons inspectors in Iraq.
He also criticised the inspectors, saying that they themselves had not shown respect for the Iraqi people.
Monsignor Jacques Isaac made his comments in an interview published in the Italian magazine Famiglia Cristiana. In criticising the behaviour of the inspectors, he pointed to an incident in which the inspectors entered a convent "as if they were going into a military depot". The disruption of religious life drew a protest from the nuns to the UN. The nuns have yet to receive an answer.
Monsignor Isaac also regretted that Pope John Paul II has not been supported by other international leaders in his calls for an end to the international economic sanctions on Iraq.
"His position - against war and against the embargo - is unique and quite clear," he said. "Only the Pope is speaking of peace."
Catholic World News
Meglio fidarsi degli ispettori (Famiglia Cristiana)
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US ENLISTS MICHAEL NOVAK TO HELP DEFEND CONCEPT OF 'PREVENTIVE WAR'
Concerned that Vatican officials have too hastily rejected the idea of "preventive war" against Iraq, US Ambassador to the Vatican Jim Nicholson has enlisted a prominent American Catholic "just war" theorist to defend the concept in Rome.
In a interview on Monday, Nicholson said Michael Novak, a theologian and political philosopher, would address the issue at an early February symposium sponsored by the US Embassy to the Vatican.
The symposium's goal is "to try to enlighten the dialogue on the moral analysis of when war might be morally justified," Nicholson said.
He said he expected Novak to argue that preventive war fits in Catholic "just war" theory in "the context of the age in which we are operating - the almost instantaneous speed in delivery of weapons and the massive destructive power of them."
Catholic News Service
16 Jan 2003