A leadership group of U.S. Catholic bishops has called for the U.S. government not to launch a military strike in Syria, saying the lack of consensus on the matter is "deeply troubling."
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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.