Friday, January 31, 2003

Cardinal Sin says to back Pope, not Bush

REMINDING her of Pope John Paul II's declaration that war "is always a defeat for humanity," Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin is urging President Macapagal-Arroyo not to support a US war on Iraq.

"This is now a good opportunity for you to follow the Holy Father rather than be aligned with the superpowers of the world," Sin said in a pastoral letter issued on the day US President George W. Bush delivered his State of the Union address Wednesday.

Bush said the United States was determined to go to war if Iraq did not fully disarm. After Bush's speech, Ms Macapagal said she was supporting the US decision to present evidence against Iraq to the United Nations Security Council.

his pastoral letter, Sin also appealed to Ms Macapagal to remain true to her promise to be "a faithful daughter of the Church" by not supporting "the unjust war efforts being proposed by the United States of America."

"Be a peacemaker! Show the world that we Filipinos are promoters and defenders of peace. That is what Edsa I and II are all about! We are not anti-American. We are anti-war! We are not pro-Iraq. We are pro-peace!" Sin said.

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