Catholic leaders to Iraqi Christian refugees: sorry we aren’t political

What!  Here we have a gang of Catholic leaders, including Bishops from North America, who visited Syria recently ostensibly to see the plight of Iraqi Christians who have been persecuted in Iraq (by Muslims) and with a pat on the head and an offer to pray for them basically brushed them off. 

Bishops:  Gee, isn’t it good enough that we have come to see you!  What? You want help to get out of Syria?  Not us, we aren’t political!  Besides, we have taken our 30 pieces of silver.

I wonder have these Catholic Church leaders ever heard of the uber-political US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) who are busy resettling Muslims in cities where you live?  (Don’t tell me they have to resettle Muslims as part of their contract with the State Department, they could stand on principle, eschew tax dollars, use their own money and help the Iraqi Christians!)

From Catholic News Service:

The women had come to see North American Catholic leaders, who were being given a tour of the compound that includes a health clinic and dispensary for the poor, classrooms and a kitchen where a daily meal is prepared for more than 400 families — mostly Iraqi Christian refugees.


Through a translator, one of the refugees asked the church leaders, “What can be done for Christians who are being uprooted from Iraq?”

“I think the most important thing we can do, first of all, is to be here and to see you and to let you know that you are in our hearts,” said Msgr. Robert Stern, secretary-general of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association. He emphasized that although the visitors represented the Catholic Church and the Vatican, “We are not politicians.”


“Even though we live in Western countries, we cannot control the policies of the countries or the United Nations,” he added.

“We are not politicians!”  Oh really then why were you leading marches on Washington lately or lobbying on Obamacare?

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