Libya: bishop calls for truce
Catholic World News - March 24, 2011
Bishop Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, the apostolic vicar of Tripoli, has called for a truce in the Libyan conflict following continued military intervention by a coalition of 14 nations.
“The bombing continues,” Bishop Martinelli told the Fides news agency on March 23. “The explosions haven't stopped from last night to early this morning. It has been awful.”
“I am not afraid of the bombs as much as I am the inability of everyone to find a peaceful solution,” he added. “This evening [Libyan leader Muammar] Gaddafi reappeared on television and said that he will never surrender. We need to reach a truce to end the violence and deaths, and then create dialogue between the parties.”
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Posted by: Pro Deo et Hibernia -
Mar. 24, 2011 7:24 PM ET USA
Has this bishop never heard of just war theory? Of course we all pray for peace, but the coalition is not the one to be criticized here. In any case, the bishop should not express his personal opinion on a prudential matter so as not to confuse the faithful.