Statements from Church Leaders that we don't hear from the Pulpit:
"I cannot help but think of the situation, ever more serious and tragic, developing in the Middle East: hundreds of dead, many wounded, a huge number of homeless and displaced, houses and infrastructure destroyed, while in the hearts of many hatred and the desire for revenge appear to be growing".
"In the name of God, I call on all those responsible for this spiral of violence so that weapons are immediately laid down on all sides".
"I ask those who govern and the international institutions to spare no effort to obtain this necessary cessation of hostilities"
Pope Benedict - 30 July 06
"As an essential part of its fight against all forms of terrorism, the international community is called to undertake new and creative political, diplomatic and economic initiatives aimed at relieving the scandalous situations of gross injustice, oppression and marginalization which continue to oppress countless members of the human family. History in fact shows that the recruitment of terrorists is more easily achieved in areas where human rights are trampled upon and where injustice is a part of daily life.”
Pope John Paul II
[Israel] reminded me so much of what happened to us black people in South Africa... I have seen the humiliation of the Palestinians at checkpoints and roadblocks, suffering like us when young white police officers prevented us from moving about... Israel will never get true security and safety through oppressing another people. A true peace can ultimately be built only on justice.
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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