Catholic bishops urge U.S. troop departure from Iraq 'sooner'

War draining funds from other pressing needs
America’s Catholic bishops have called for the U.S. military to leave Iraq “sooner rather than later,” and expressed concern that the war has drained funds from “pressing needs” at home and abroad.

Bishop Thomas Wenski, writing for the bishops’ international policy committee, called for an “honest assessment” of the Iraqi situation that avoids simplistic answers or partisan finger-pointing. “Our nation cannot afford a shrill and shallow debate that distorts reality and reduces the options to ‘cut and run’ versus ‘stay the course,”’ said Wenski, the bishop of Orlando, Florida.

The bishop’s eight-page statement said the church—historically an influential voice on matters of war and peace—wants to help guide the nation in a “forthright” discussion that will lead to a “responsible transition” in Iraq.


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