We'll receive a $25,000 grant if others match it by Pentecost. $23,425 to go. Your gift will be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Korean prelate: North Korea’s threats a sign of desperation

Catholic World News - April 10, 2013

The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea says that North Korea’s threat of nuclear war is a sign of desperation meant to extract foreign aid.

“It is our presumption that they wish to draw out some financial assistance from abroad without conceding their pride or self-esteem,” said Bishop Peter Kang U-Il of Cheju in South Korea. Bishop Kang described the North’s economy as “demolished” and living conditions there as “destitute.”

While “one could not deny the possibility of [an] unexpected military clash,” Bishop Kang said that “I think we need much patience in dealing with the people of [North Korea] who have been isolated for [a] long time from modern world.”

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 Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($23,425 to go):
$25,400.00 $1,975.00
92% 8%
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: frjpharrington3912 - Apr. 11, 2013 1:28 PM ET USA

    Kim Jong Un, the young and inexperienced leader of North Korea could learn a valuable lesson in human relations from Pope Francis' who recently visited his living predecesor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at Castle Gondolfo. Instead of using the threat of nuclear war to arouse sympathy for his country's economic woes he should imitate the humility of Pope Francis who declined the right to pride of place in the chapel, insisting that Benedict XVI pray beside him saying, "we are brothers."

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

Recent Catholic Commentary

To-do list for faithful Catholics 3 hours ago
Not Fully Human: Anthony Esolen’s compelling verdict on contemporary human formation 3 hours ago
A silent scandal: Catholic schools promoting morally unacceptable vaccines April 24
A More Militant Church? April 24
How we'll know if the Vatican and the US hierarchy are serious about deposing negligent bishops April 24

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope challenges world leaders' silence on persecution of Christians CWN - April 6
Pope outlines plans for the extraordinary jubilee of mercy CWN - April 13
Vatican completes doctrinal assessment of Leadership Conference of Women Religious CWN - April 16
Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Finn CWN - April 21