Catholics, Protestants urge new Iraq policy

Call torture scandal a damaging self-inflicted blow
High-ranking Vatican diplomats are calling the Iraq torture scandal a self-inflicted blow that has caused more damage to the United States than the 2001 terrorist attacks. That stark assessment comes only weeks before President Bush is expected to meet with Pope John Paul II in Rome, and as U.S. mainstream church leaders, largely quiet as the war was under way, are again calling for changes in U.S. policy.

Deepening scandal over the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison and the treatment of civilian detainees has set the stage for renewed criticism of the overall American policy in Iraq as many Protestant and Orthodox spokespersons joined members of Congress and other political leaders calling for accountability and change.


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