Rev. Erik J. Richtsteig, pastor of St. James Catholic Church in Ogden, says the U.S. had every right to strike back after it was attacked on Sept. 11. "If someone is pulling a gun out of their holster, you don't wait for them to pull the trigger before you do something about it."Fr. Richsteig's blog provides a link to the whole article.
I haven't heard such moral clarity from any representative of my Church since the whole shootin' match began.
Living as a Catholic in the San Francisco Bay area (which I'm hoping is good for at least 300 days' indulgence just by itself) I've much more often heard the following kind of thing, also from the same article:
The war in Iraq is not just, said Dee Rowland, director of government relations for the Salt Lake Catholic Diocese. "It was too soon and the danger was not imminent," she said. "But always, there is support for those who serve."Too soon? The danger not imminent? One can only shake one's head at the sheer blind folly of it.
As you might expect, The Tribune gave Ms. Rowland a flattering photo, and added this revoltingly fawning caption:
Dee Rowland was arrested three times for world peace. The 1999 YWCA Outstanding Woman of the Year is still fighting for a safer world through her work with the Catholic Diocese Peace and Justice Commission by lobbying Congress.Poor Fr. Richsteig's comments, in contrast, were stuck way at the article's end. No photo. No fawning caption.
But maybe the truth doesn't always need those to prevail.