To the editor:
I am grateful to Bishop Clark for his March column on the Iraq war. But I wish he had spoken with more clarity.
When I went to the Courier web site to find the text, I typed in “Iraq war” and got two columns. One is from March 2007, the other is from October 2006. The first is about the war, the second is about Project Rachel and abortion, with just a couple of phrases on war.
Compare the voice of these two columns. The one on abortion speaks with authority about respect for the sanctity of life. The one on the war is full of qualifiers. Bishop Clark speaks of his anger and frustration, but does not say who he is angry at. He makes a distinction between his emotional and intellectual reaction to the war. He makes sure we know he is no expert on war and international affairs. What is lost is a voice that speaks with the authority of preaching the Gospel.
In Matthew’s account of the massacre of the Holy Innocents, the children who were killed by Herod were already born. They were victims in a preventive war, like the children of Iraq. There are Rachels mourning in America and Iraq today. We need Church leaders who, like our popes, forcefully apply the respect-for-life message to the violence of war. Some versions of patriotism are not compatible with Christian faith.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The archive database on the Courier’s Web site contains at least eight columns by Bishop Clark — and countless news articles — addressing the war in Iraq. Mr. Finlay’s may have conducted his search with excessively-restrictive search terms or without logging into the site as a registered user.