The Pope and Iraq

What, if anything, will the pope say during his upcoming U.S. visit about the Iraq war? Will he discuss it when he meets with President Bush on April 16 -- the pope's 81st birthday?

The Vatican strongly opposed the war initially, calling it "a crime against peace." And over the weekend, Palm Sunday, Benedict used part of his weekly blessing to call for an end to the violence in Iraq, and to say Iraqis have for the past five years "faced the consequences of a war which has provoked the disintegration of civil and religious life."

But also in the past few days, the new U.S. ambassador to the Vatican said in an interview that despite initial differences with the United States over the Iraq war, the Holy See is "now fully supportive of U.S. efforts to rebuild the country and to establish peace in the region."


Hundreds have signed a petition asking the pope to either cancel his meeting with Bush - which they see as giving the U.S. president a papal "blessing" - or use it to issue a strong condemnation. What do you think?

By Michelle Boorstein |  March 17, 2008; 9:02 AM ET
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What makes the Post believe that when the Holy Father calls for "an end to the violence in Iraq," that translates into calling for the United States to surrender Iraq to the tender mercies of AlQueda...that AlQueda which has murdered thousands of Iraqis, scaled the skin from women's faces, baked children in ovens?

The Post's partisan commentator notwithstanding, the President's policy is substantially the same as the Holy Father's: to end the violence and establish a peaceful government in that unhappy land, terrorized for decades first by Saddam the butcher and lately by the minions of Osama. Benedict surely is calling for that despotic and terrorist violence to end. As a man of reason as well as faith, he well understands that if you embrace the end, you must support the only means to that end...in this case, completing the US military mission in Iraq.

Posted by: dennis10 | March 18, 2008 01:19 PM

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