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‘Nothing Positive Comes from Iraq,’ Says Pope Benedict

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See’s representative to the UN, speaking in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 17, said, “The figures are telling: some 2 million Iraqis currently displaced internally and 2 million others have already fled the country, and between 40,000 and 50,000 are fleeing their homes each month…. In Iraq it seems ‘easier to die than to live’…” (Origins, May 3).

In his Urbi et Orbi Easter address (April 8), Pope Benedict XVI said, “nothing positive comes from Iraq, torn apart by continual slaughter as the civil population flees.” Apparently, he was referring to the troop “surge.”

In the neocon catholic eye (April 30), there was an insert from Maria McFadden, the Editor, saying, “His [Benedict’s] words were indeed troubling to many…. They were without question dismaying especially to Catholic Americans who support the efforts of the troops in Iraq, and I can imagine to the Catholic families in the military.” McFadden supports the war on Iraq.

Doesn’t McFadden know that Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict) was opposed to the war on Iraq from the beginning?

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