Iraq Statement by US Jesuit Social Apostolate
On 5 February, the members of the Jesuit Commission on Social and International Ministry in the United States signed a petition on the Iraq war.
At a time when George W. Bush has increased the military presence of the USA in Iraq, the signatories encourage “our President and Congress to embrace a policy of broader diplomatic engagement that will not only seek to restore security, stability and reconstruction in Iraq, but also to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and prevent the return of civil war in Lebanon.”
The petition recalls the words of John Paul II that war is not “inevitable” and that “war is always a defeat for humanity”. After detailing the devastating consequences of the Iraq war, the petition calls on people of faith and good will everywhere to declare a Sabbath day once a month in solidarity with all those affected by the war, and to write to President Bush, Condoleeza Rice and representatives in Congress to urgently find a path urgently to peace by increasing diplomatic efforts. The full text of the petition in English is available here