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Korean bishop speaks out against anti-missile system

September 06, 2016

A South Korean bishop has criticized the nation’s deployment of a US anti-ballistic missile defense system.

Bishop Peter Lee Ki-hun of Uijeongbu, president of the Bishops’ Committee for the Reconciliation of the Korean People, said during a recent Mass in Myeongdong that the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) “is a pitiful decision, considering the economic effect and expected arms race with China and Russia,” UCA News reported.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Sep. 07, 2016 11:09 AM ET USA

    The poor bishop seems to be misinformed. What impact, for example, did installation of the Israeli "Iron Dome" have on the economic and arms proliferation activities in the Middle East? I haven't noticed any change in the last 5 years since its deployment. As noted by 1Jn416, self defense is still included in the CCC as a valid response to threats against persons and nations.

  • Posted by: 1Jn416 - Sep. 06, 2016 10:15 AM ET USA

    I'm usually frustrated by those who say bishops should only speak about matters relating directly to the faith and leave politics to politicians. But in this case, where the elected leaders of S. Korea are making decisions directly related to the defense of their citizens, whom they are obliged in justice to defend... I think the good bishop should leave this to the government. It isn't a faith matter. And a nuclear-armed madman lives just 100 miles from Seoul.