New Vatican slap at US

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jul 17, 2003

Take a careful look at today's CWN story about the theme for next year's World Day of Peace. Usually the themes that are chosen are very abstract and more or less predictable; this one has a real barb to it.

The Holy See, in criticizing US plans for war against Iraq, repeatedly asked questions about the implications for international law. And those were good questions, too. What gives one country-- or even a (large) group of countries-- the right to decide we need "regime change" in another country? Have we set a dangerous precedent?

So when the Vatican chooses international law as the theme for the World Day of Peace, it's something more than an abstract statement. Look for a papal message that will contain some direct criticism of US policies.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jul. 21, 2003 4:43 PM ET USA

    The Vatican demanded boots on the ground in Kosovo (and the US is still there) and again in Liberia (where the US is and the UN is not). Iraq threatened the United States. Peace is not merely the absence of war. This is not me talking but the voice of the Church itself (CCC 2304) What's motivating criticism of the US, now? Does the Vatican want the US to return Iraq to Saddam's cronies?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 18, 2003 7:57 PM ET USA

    Bravo, WF ! WHEN will the Vatican wake up and see that we have politicians, rather than shepherds of souls, as bishops in too many USA dioceses ? Rather than joining the Satanic chorus trying to bring down our pro-life President, the Vatican should be promoting Catholic doctrine and Christian morality STRAIGHT IN THE FACES of certain bishops who spend more time & effort HOLDING ON TO their jobs, than they spend DOING their jobs! Maybe, if we make enough noise, the Vatican will finally hear !

  • Posted by: - Jul. 18, 2003 12:10 PM ET USA

    The Vatican should spend much more time speaking about Natural Law and whether International Law meets the standard that speaking about International Law as if the two were the same. That said, I am very curious to see what the papal message is versus what Machiavellian spinmeisters within the Vatican chambers concoct.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jul. 17, 2003 7:54 PM ET USA

    Goodee, goodee...! More criticism of US policies! I'm just so excited I could wet my pants!

  • Posted by: - Jul. 17, 2003 2:27 PM ET USA

    How about a World Day of Chaste Celibacy? The Holy See could issue a papal message about the violation of Universal Law that has brought our Church to its lowest point in centuries. But Rod Dreher was right. The Pope easily gets his forces moving on the war issue while continuing to ignore the sex abuse and other abuse endured by the laity at the hands of the clergy. It's sad to see JPII struggling to get the splinter in George Bush's eye while being blinded by the plank in his.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 17, 2003 1:11 PM ET USA

    A concern about the Vatican's stands about the EU and world law is that they don't seem to recognize how much of a threat they are to freedom-especially religious freedom. The UN has repeatedly stressed "reproductive rights". It has also tried to silence the Vatican. Such things as world law, the EU and the UN, in the stands they take today are pagan and definitely anti-Christian. Does the Vatican consider how hostile an organization with univeral power would be to the Catholic Church?