The MSM And The Pope On The Iraq War

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.

He isn’t.

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)

“Holy Damnation!” says Jim Hoft, of Gateway Pundit, who says even the Pope isn’t safe from the MSM’s bias, and has more on the new Iraqi Cardinal.

2 thoughts on “The MSM And The Pope On The Iraq War

  1. Eh. The Vatican is pretty anti-war, but understandably so. I doubt the purported Vicar of Christ, the Prince of Peace, can be pro-war. It is welcome, and unnoted, that the Holy See does not pressure America to leave. As if America has the sovereignty to decide its own affairs.

    If the Holy See interferes in matters that are the prerogative of states, it’s a move towards caesaro-papism, which Vatican II resoundly rejected. Indeed, the Holy See is far more effective in the world while unencumbered by political aspirations.

    What is interesting, and oft-commented by traditionalist Catholics, is how the Church in America is so much in soldarity with the Left when it comes to anti-war issues but does not use that same authoritah to pressure Leftists to be more pro-life. The American Catholic governing body would be fully within its prerogatives, rights, and purposes to pressure politicians, for example, to be stridently pro-life. But it chooses not to, at least not at the level that it uses its activism for anti-war stuff.


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