Bishops unite against Islamic State atrocities
|Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP.|
By Tess Livingstone, The Australian, 22 August
Church leaders have called on Australians to stop turning a blind eye to the butchery of Christians, as well as Muslims and other groups, by radicals from Islamic State.
The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, said Church leaders had been reluctant to speak out for fear of adding fuel to fire.
“But, as fellow Christians and fellow human beings, we cannot turn a blind eye to this persecution and religious cleansing,’’ Bishop Anthony said.
“The situation has deteriorated extraordinarily quickly. This is almost a classic case where intervention of some kind, such as the American strikes on extremists is warranted to defend innocent lives.’’
Bishop Anthony said that while focusing on the atrocities against the Yazidis on Mount Sinjar, Australians had seemed “largely indifferent’’ to the beheadings and hangings of Christians, including children, by Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria. He called on Christians to launch a 21st-century “prayer crusade”.
Read Tess Livingstone’s full story at The Australian onlineBishop Anthony’s Catholic Outlook Letter August 2014: The suffering of Christians in the Middle East
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