Support the Café
Search our site

Bishops speak out on prospect of war with Syria

Bishops speak out on prospect of war with Syria

Bishop Stephen Lane of Maine decries the use of chemical weapons in Syria, yet emphasizes that waging retaliatory war is not God’s path. He writes:

Many people of good conscience are deeply concerned about how the civilized world might respond. It seems impossible that such suffering should be allowed to continue. Yet, with the wisdom born of more than ten years of war, many Americans are skeptical that a military intervention will do anything but deepen the misery. War is the original land of unintended consequences, and few trust that there is any military intervention that is “clean,” “limited,” and “surgical. …

I hope you will contact the President and our legislators commending them for taking the time to engage in this conversation. I hope you will also feel free to express your convictions as a member of Christ’s body. While nations have often argued about “just war” theory, Christ talked about love and reconciliation. Nations may choose to go to war, but the separation, alienation and destruction of human beings is contrary to the will of God.”

Read full post here. Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of South Africa offers a lament for the people of Syria and a prayer for peace:

President Obama’s advocacy of war is anachronistic and runs the risk of responding to killings with more killings. By referring the issue to Congress, he has given himself space to act, as we would expect of a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and to exhaust all peaceful means of bringing an end to the suffering in Syria before considering a resort to war.

I lament in my prayers for the suffering of the people of Syria. I pray passionately that they will be given what we all desire for ourselves, namely security and peace. And I pray that President Obama will not go down in history as a leader who had the opportunity to broker peace but instead opted for war.

Retired Bishop George Packard writes of the “disconnect which haunts U.S. foreign policy: it is perpetually, implicitly imperialist.” He writes at his blog:

What we do and say is most important. The world could tolerate this if it remained just preachy but a 60 day sustained air campaign (with a 30 extension if needed, mind you) makes grand statements about Syrian excesses into a cynical charade. If you thought the Syrian people were miserable with Assad’s gas just wait until Obama’s missiles arrive, 1400 casualties could be just the starting number. For every intended combatant, ten more civilians will be harmed.

Bishop Michael Curry on Peace:

Dislike (0)
Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinmail

Café Comments?

Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted.

Facebooktwitterrss
Support the Café
Past Posts
2020_001

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café