When I saw the headline at Hotair, Pope: End The War, I thought, “uh-oh, what’s Up”? The link took me to the MSNBC article, Pope Calls For End Of Iraq War, Makes Cardinals.
The implication, based on that headline, is that the Pope is calling for the U.S. to leave.
I don’t want to pick on MSNBC, because my google search produced many more examples of this.
You have to read the whole article to see that the Pope does no such thing. He simple prays for the same thing millions of Catholics pray for every week at Mass:
“Let us together reaffirm the solidarity of the whole Church with the Christians of that beloved land and invoke from the merciful God the coming of longed-for reconciliation and peace for all the peoples involved (in the conflict),” he said in his homily.
Of course, we all pray for peace, but peace through reconciliation is not what I think those headlines were implying. The implication was: The U.S. needs to get the hell out of there.
The Middle East Times had it right with Pope Voices ‘Closeness’ to Iraqis:
“I think now with affection of communities entrusted to your care and, especially, to those most tried by suffering, challenges and difficulties of various kinds,” he said.
“Among them, how can one not turn one’s gaze with apprehension and affection, in this moment of joy, to the dear Christian communities in Iraq?” he asked, drawing loud applause from the prelates assembled in Saint Peter’s Basilica.
These brothers and sisters of the faith are experiencing in the flesh the dramatic consequences of a lasting conflict and live in a fragile and delicate political situation,” he said.
If you’re trying to find some big infallible statement about the Iraq War being unjust, and the U.S. needing to leave immediately, you’ll just have to look elsewhere.
Nice try, MSM.
Photo: (AFP Christophe Simon)