Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Expelled priest sided with terrorists, Syrian government claims

Catholic World News - September 21, 2012

Syria’s government has charged that a Jesuit priest who was expelled from the country in June was sympathetic toward Al Qaida terrorists.

The state news agency SAN said that Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, an Italian missionary who had lived for over 30 years in Syria, “took part in the media disinformation campaign against Syria.” The government linked the priest, who had shown his support for rebel groups, with terrorist groups including Al Qaida. The Syrian foreign ministry said that Father Dall’Oglio showed his support for terrorists by supporting a proposal for the imposition of a “no-fly zone” in Syria, “thus aligning himself with the enemies.” The government’s claim that a priest was allied with the rebels, and even with the terrorist groups who have been reportedly active within the rebel movement, contrasts with the rebels’ frequent complaints that Church authorities in Syria have sided with the Assad regime.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($25,821 to go):
$150,000.00 $124,178.96
17% 83%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Denial of Service Attack: Success! December 19
Federal debt as a social-justice concern December 19
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed December 18
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17