We earn 8% in referral fees when you shop Amazon through our link. We make it easy! Click to learn how.
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

USCCB committee criticizes proposal to cut Palestinian aid

Catholic World News - December 04, 2012

The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace is urging senators not to cut aid to Palestinians.

“Recent reports have indicated that Congress may consider legislation that seeks to ‘punish’ Palestinians for achieving a higher status at the United Nations,” Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines wrote following legislation introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Charles Schumer (D-NY), John Barrasso (R-WY), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ).

“Such legislation would not be consistent with U.S. efforts to seek a just and lasting peace in the Holy Land; it would distract and detract from this goal,” Bishop Pates continued. “Assistance to Palestinians, already heavily conditioned, is essential for humanitarian purposes and for building capacity for a future Palestinian state. Cutting aid will only harm the peace process. This is not in the interests of either Israelis or Palestinians who long for peace.”

Bishop Pates also quoted from the recent statement of the Holy See that welcomed UN recognition of Palestine and reiterated Pope Benedict’s call for peace in the troubled region.

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!

Progress toward our March expenses ($28,832 to go):
$35,000.00 $6,167.70
82% 18%
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!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Defender - Dec. 04, 2012 2:08 PM ET USA

    Let's not forget that Arafat and his cousin (and Hitler's friend) the Grand Mufti all resorted to violence and the killing of hundreds of innocent people. Sure, let's reward the Arabs who tried numerous times to eradicate Israel by war and create a Palestinian state (with no Arab state wanted to give up land for). Of course, we need to overlook the fact that they still lob rockets where they may and the Palistinian Brotherhood (et al) are just misunderstood and they need US money for arms.

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

Recent Catholic Commentary

To talk of many things 0 hours ago
The stumbling block of morality on Self-Deprecation Day 1 hours ago
Opening Ourselves to Meaning and Purpose 21 hours ago
A thin-skinned Vatican spokesman harms his own standing 21 hours ago
Pope Francis prevails in Round I of battle for Vatican reform March 5

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis to address Congress in joint session in September CWN - February 5