We'll receive a $25,000 grant if others match it by Pentecost. $24,025 to go. Your gift will be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Thai bishop warns: nation on path to civil war

Catholic World News - May 17, 2010

The president of the Bishops' Conference of Thailand is warning that the unrest that is gripping the nation may degenerate into a civil war unless the two sides begin serious negotiations.

“We cannot stress enough the point that the only way is dialogue: we need to lay down arms and abandon the violent solution to the crisis,” Archbishop Louis Chamniern Santisukniram of Thare and Nonseng told the Fides news agency. “I fear that the country is at the beginning of a civil war that, if it is not stopped, will become a catastrophe.”

“Both the factions are determined to win and seek to defend their interests, without considering the rest of the Thai population and the common good,” Archbishop Chamniern. added. “The government accuses the leaders of the 'red' protest to be 'enemies of the crown' and 'traitors,' but this does not seem true to me, and it seems a way to discredit the protest in the eyes of the nation.”

Buddhist, Christian, and Muslim religious leaders “are willing to offer our assistance and we could play a mediating role between the parties, if we were involved,” the archbishop added. “The population, at this time, places greater confidence in religious leaders than in political leaders. And we would be ready to take the field and start working for the good of the country to stop further bloodshed.”

The nation of 65.8 million is nearly 95% Buddhist, 5% Muslim, and 0.5% Catholic.

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 ($24,025 to go):
$25,400.00 $1,375.00
95% 5%
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.

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

Recent Catholic Commentary

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
Final take on the LCWR: A time to plant, a time to uproot April 24
With the LCWR, has the Vatican taken Gamaliel's advice? 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