US Bishops to meet members of Congress on Iraq war

 The US bishops have agreed to meet with a group of Catholic House Democrats to discuss a "responsible transition" to end the war in Iraq. The bishops also reiterated their call for members of Congress and the Administration to break the political stalemate in Washington and to pursue a bipartisan policy to end the war as soon as possible. The call was noted in a letter from Bishop Thomas G Wenski of Orlando, Florida, chairman of the bishops' Committee on International Policy, in response to a June 28 request for a meeting on Iraq from Rep. Tim Ryan and 13 other House Democrats. "Our Conference hopes to work with the Congress and the Administration to forge bipartisan policies on ways to bring about a responsible transition and an end to the war," Bishop Wenski said in a July 17 letter. He pointed to numerous church statements that the bishops have made about the Iraqi situation. "Too many Iraqi and American lives have been lost. Too many Iraqi communities have been shattered. Too many civilians have been driven from their homes. The human and financial costs of the war are staggering. Representatives of our Conference welcome the opportunity to meet with you and other policy makers to discuss ways to pursue the goal of a 'responsible transition' to bring an end to the war in Iraq," Bishop Wenski said. "The current situation in Iraq is unacceptable and unsustainable, as is the policy and political stalemate among decision makers in Washington," Bishop Wenski said. "Our shared moral tradition can guide this effort and inform our dialogue with other leaders as we seek a way to bring about a morally responsible end to the war in Iraq," he added. Source: USCBC

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