No simple category for 'Arab Spring,' European Church officials conclude
CWN - September 21, 2012
After a 3-day meeting in Malta, representatives of justice-and-peace commissions from the European episcopal conferences have issued a statement cautioning against an overly simple interpretation of the “Arab Spring” uprisings.
The unrest that has swept the Arab world is a “complex phenomenon” that cannot be quickly categorized, the European Church officials said. While the uprisings were motivated primarily by a desire for greater democracy and an end to government corruption, the statement said, Europeans should “respect the right of other nations to define democracy in accordance with their traditions and religious beliefs.”
The results of the Arab Spring uprisings have also been mixed, the statement observed. While there has been some movement toward democracy, in many Arab nations “hope is giving way to frustration as progress slows down and dreams of a better future fail to materialize.”
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 five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our Spring 2013 goal ($24,072 to go):
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!