"you owe your congregation and the people of America an apology"

From: CJB2469@aol.com
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2003 3:45 PM

I hope you watched the TV today and saw those pictures of the Iraqi people over come with joy!!!! They are dancing in the streets and tearing down all Saddam's pictures and statues!!!!!! They are shouting, "We Love USA!!!! We Love Bush!!!!"

It is a great thing to see the Iraqi people free. I think you owe your congregation and the people of America an apology on behalf of the anti-American Vatican. They chose to side with Saddam and to spew vile and hate filled words against America and our leaders!!!! The pacifist Pope is now the laughing stock of the world!!!! He had no problem in his youth in Poland being liberated, but he was totally against the Iraqi people being liberated because he did not want to renounce his friendship with the totalitarian Saddam. The Pope should be ashamed of himself and may God have mercy on his soul!!!! Father, you owe your congregation an apology for the way the Vatican and the Pope have treated America!!! We are the greatest country on earth and if I have to choose between being a Catholic and an American, I am going to choose being an American!!! This country has done so much for me and the Catholic Church has down absolutely nothing but cause heartache!!!!

I hope you have the courage Sunday to apologize for the Vatican !!!!!! Please remember you are an American too, not just a puppet of a corrupt Pope!!!!......Chris

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Dear Chris,

It was a beautiful sight! I wrote this for our Sunday bulletin:

It was beautiful to see that statue of Saddam Hussein come down on Wednesday and the Iraqis celebrating in the center of Baghdad. It signals an end to a brutal regime which has subjected its citizens to unspeakable tortures. The full extent is beginning to come to light, but certainly we will hear more in the coming weeks. At the same time, we continue to pray for a speedy a resolution and for the rebuilding of that country. Many innocent civilians have been victims of the war and many others are suffering because the great disruption of their society. Catholic Relief Services is actively involved in providing assistance through Caritas Iraq. This past week U.S. undersecretary John Bolton met with Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, Vatican secretary for relations with states, to thank the Catholic Church for the aid it has been providing to war torn Iraq. Your Rice Bowl contributions will help this effort.

I believe I read most of the pope's statements regarding this war. I did not find him to be "anti-American", "pacific" or, God help us, a friend of Saddam. Perhaps I missed some of his statements that you read. If so, please let me know.

Like you, Chris, I am grateful for the blessings I have received as an American. However, all of them together do not equal the great blessing of baptism in Christ which I received through the Church. Could you not say the same?

God bless,

Fr. Phil Bloom

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Bishop Gregory's Statement on War with Iraq

Military Intervention in Iraq and International Law

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Papal Nuncio Visiting War Casualties

Catholic Relief Services in Iraq

An Alternative View (by priest from Canada)

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