Sunday, January 26, 2003

Cardinal says he thinks Novak's efforts will fail

A top Vatican official has predicted that Michael Novak, an American Catholic intellectual asked by the U.S. government to try to persuade Rome of the morality of a possible “preventive war” in Iraq, will fail. Cardinal Walter Kasper, in an exclusive Jan. 24 comment to NCR, said with respect to a possible U.S.-led attack on Iraq, “I do not see how the requirements for a just war can be met at this time.” Asked if he thought Novak’s mission to persuade the Vatican could succeed, Kasper responded: “I don’t think so.” “I am of the opinion of the pope himself, and of the Secretariat of State, of the Roman Curia,” Kasper said. “I do not think all the methods of peaceful negotiations, of diplomatic relations, have been exhausted.”

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