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US bishops’ statement on 10th anniversary of 9/11

September 09, 2011

The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement on the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

“ We reverently recall those who were most directly affected by this tragedy—those who died, were injured or lost loved ones. In a special way we recall the selfless first responders—firefighters, police, chaplains, emergency workers, and other brave persons—who risked, and many times lost, their lives in their courageous efforts to save others,” said Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York.

“A decade later we remain resolved to reject extreme ideologies that perversely misuse religion to justify indefensible attacks on innocent civilians, to embrace persons of all religions, including our Muslim neighbors, and to welcome refugees seeking safety,” the statement continued. “We steadfastly refrain from blaming the many for the actions of a few and insist that security needs can be reconciled with our immigrant heritage without compromising either one. Gratefully mindful of the continuing sacrifices of the men and women in our armed forces, and their families, we also resolve to bring a responsible end to the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.”


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  • Posted by: djpeterson - Sep. 10, 2011 10:00 AM ET USA

    At first President Bush acted decisively to protect us. But Mr. Hubris slipped into the Oval Office. We launched a war against Iraq which did not attack nor threaten us. The Pope tried to stop this. We have over 40,000 casualties, 100,000 Iraqis are dead and over a Trillion dollars down the drain. Our allies rejected preemptive war, but Bush got leading Democrats to cave in. Sympathy for America turned to hatred around the world, and the GOP lost both houses and Obama won in 08. Quite a legacy.