The Vatican says Iraqi Christians were better off under Saddam

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    Iraqi Christians were safer under Saddam, says Vatican official

    By Carol Glatz
    Catholic News Service

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Although Iraq has a democratic government, Iraqi Christians were safer and had more protection under former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, said the future head of the Vatican's interreligious dialogue council.

    During the buildup to the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, who will become head of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue Sept. 1, had criticized the U.S. government's plan of preventative war and said a unilateral war against Iraq would be a "crime against peace."

    In a recent interview with the Italian magazine 30 Giorni, the cardinal said his early criticisms had been prophetic.

    "The facts speak for themselves. Alienating the international community (with the U.S. push for war) was a mistake," he said in the magazine's Aug. 10 issue. A copy of the interview was released in advance to journalists.

    He said an "unjust approach" was used to unseat Saddam from power, resulting in the mounting chaos in Iraq today.

    "Power is in the hands of the strongest -- the Shiites -- and the country is sinking into a sectarian civil war (between Sunni and Shiite Muslims) in which not even Christians are spared," he said.

    Christians, "paradoxically, were more protected under the dictatorship," he said.


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    I see non Catholic statements all over that article...

    "To examine everything humanity has in common ... and to appreciate how much truth and holiness there is in other religions" would be some of the council's goals, he said.

    The Catholic church would never consider islamic religions to have any truth or holiness in them at all...

    Muslims can not be saved... and can never enter heaven according to Catholic doctrine..
     
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    ...so you are suggesting that it is not just catholics who think we have made Iraq a worse place for Christians than it was under Saddam?

    If that is so, you are right....but then, even a stopped clock is right twice a day.
     

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