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Bishop concerned about PM's stress level

Canberra auxiliary Bishop Pat Power, who sparked an angry response from the Prime Minister on Tuesday over the looming war in Iraq, says he's concerned about the stress John Howard is under.

ABC News reports that Power spoke about the frank exchange of views that occurred after a church service at Parliament House.

The bishop says he had simply begun to introduce the topic, when Mr Howard cut him off to passionately say that he abhorred war and everything in his upbringing was against it.

Bishop Power says he was initially surprised by the response.

"It represents the enormous stress that he's under at the moment and by the time the whole thing finished I really felt quite concerned for him as a matter of fact because I believe with the enormous amount of responsibility that he's carrying at the moment its obviously weighing pretty heavily on his shoulders," he said.


Canberra bishop confronts PM on Iraq war (5/2/03)
Howard ambushed at church with sermons on Iraq (The Age)
[NZ] Church leaders rally against war (Waikato Times)
Politicians debate the war question (The Age)
Catholic Bishop to speak against Iraq commitment (ABC)
Howard makes case for war (The Australian)
Prime Minister John Howard: Statement on Iraq
Simon Crean: Statement on Iraq
War not an option yet: Dr Pell (Catholic Weekly)
George Pell: The gospel for a just war (The Australian 4/2/03)
Australian churches remain firm on hopes for non-military solution on Iraq (National Council of Churches in Australia)
India's Bishops Oppose War on Iraq (Catholic World News)
Cardinal [Sin, Philippines] Appeals To Arroyo Not To Support 'Unjust' War On Iraq (UCA News)
U.S. cardinal [Stafford] criticizes push for war, says evidence inconclusive (Catholic World News)
Cardinal Stafford Criticizes U.S. Plan for Pre-emptive Attack on Iraq (Zenit)

6 Feb 2003