January 21, 2005

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War in Iraq is nothing to celebrate

In your Dec. 24, 2004, issue, you reported the celebration of former Iraq administrator Paul Bremer’s Civitas Dei award. I was appalled at the insinuation that Iraq was responsible for the 9/11 tragedy and that that, along with the weapons of mass destruction fabrication, gave us a mandate to invade Iraq and level it to rubble, leaving thousands upon thousands dead, dying and permanently devastated.

Mr. Bremer reflected that his conversion to Catholicism was inspired by Pope John Paul II’s commitment to Gospel teachings. Why didn’t the pope’s urgent appeals imploring President George W. Bush not to invade Iraq speak to Mr. Bremer?

We Catholics have a lot to answer for. Indeed, what has happened to the non-violent Gospels of Jesus in the midst of all this celebration of madness?

Mary Lou Pedersen, Chicago


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