NCR Today: Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Des Moines, Iowa, Bishop Richard Pates wrote to each of the 535 members of Congress, calling for peace.
Two key U.S. bishops wrote to President Barack Obama Wednesday, telling him that a planned U.S. military strike in Syria would be "counterproductive [and] will exacerbate an already deadly situation."
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Des Moines, Iowa, Bishop Richard Pates, leaders of the U.S. bishops' conference, add their voices to a growing number of Catholic prelates and Christian leaders around the world criticizing the expected U.S. attack.
A U.S. military strike on Syria would be an "abuse of power" that should be "condemned and rejected," the global leader of the Jesuit order of Catholic brothers and priests has said.
Jesuit Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, who leads the some 17,000 member order that counts among its ranks Pope Francis, adds his voice to a chorus of Catholic prelates around the world sharply criticizing the attack in an interview made public Wednesday.
As speculation mounted about Western air strikes on Syria, Catholic leaders in Europe warned intervention could lead to an escalation of hostilities.
"The church teaches that unjustified killing is wrong in all circumstances. That includes the death penalty," said Archbishop Timothy Broglio.
A key U.S. bishop is calling on the United States to aim for a cease-fire in Syria, echoing sentiments expressed by Pope Francis.
The international group that styles itself as the global Catholic peace movement called Thursday for dialogue, not military intervention, on the situation in Syria, saying it "pleads with the nations of the world to recognize the responsibility and authority" of the United Nations in the matter.
Members of Congress are out of town and immigration reform legislation may be stuck until this fall, but the recess has given Catholic activists time to rally their forces.
The setting was the same, but in many respects, the 50th anniversary observance of the 1963 March on Washington showed the nation's progress.
"We have been too silent and too complacent" regarding the issues of racism, the executive director of Pax Christi USA said.