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Chaldean patriarch rips Western actions in Iraq: ‘we are a ruined church’

May 01, 2014

Eleven years after the US invasion of Iraq, the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church declared that “we are a ruined church” and said that “1,400 years of Islam could not uproot us from our land and our churches, while the policies of the West [have] scattered us and distributed us all around the world.”

“Democracy and change come through upbringing and education rather than through conflict,” said Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako, who has governed the Eastern Catholic church since February 2013. “Intervention by the West in the region did not solve the problems … but on the contrary, produced more chaos and conflict.”

Referring to the regime of Saddam Hussein, he said that “in the Church of the Ascension, Al-Mashtal, for example, there were about 5,000 families and over 240 students preparing for their First Holy Communion before the regime’s fall.” On “25 April 2014, I celebrated in this church the Holy Mass for First Holy Communion of 13 students only.”

“[Iraqi] government authorities bear part of the responsibility of this migration for failing to restore security and stability,” the patriarch said. He also called upon Muslim clerics to “issue a joint statement denying all forms of violence, mistrust and considering others as ‘infidels’” and calling “for peace and brotherhood among the people.”

In recent days, Patriarch Sako has drawn frequent attention to the plight of Iraqi Christians, decrying Iraq’s vanishing Christian presence in an interview with Agence France-Presse.


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  • Posted by: normnuke - May. 01, 2014 9:58 PM ET USA

    At least so far we Catholics in the US (what's left of it) have only to deal with the neo-Nazi-ism of the liberal intelligentia. Pity, yes pity, those who also have to deal with Islam. Und ja kommt Putin darueber einmal.

  • Posted by: Defender - May. 01, 2014 9:49 PM ET USA

    Well we could have done nothing, but the Militant Jihadists and religious militias have all been flexing their muscles since 2003 - heaven forbid anyone blame Islamic militants.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - May. 01, 2014 7:23 AM ET USA

    Thank you, George W. Bush. And a big "thank you" also to all the neocons, starry-eyed internationalist democrats, and bellicose "patriotic" crackpots both inside and outside the Catholic Church who in 2003 cheered on that inarticulate, blundering, disaster-provoking pol from Crawford, Texas. Jihadis around the globe could not have found more useful and faithful allies anywhere.