Why are your Bishops Silent?

Archbishop of Aleppo Jean-Clément Jeanbart

Jean-Clément Jeanbart, the Melkite Greek Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo in an interview reported in GalliaWatch:

“The European media have not ceased to suppress the daily news of those who are suffering in Syria and they have even justified what is happening in our country by using information without taking the trouble to verify it.”

“You must understand that between the Islamic State and the Syrian government, our choice is obvious. You can condemn the regime for certain things, but you have never tried to be objective.”

“Schools are free, hospitals too, mosques and churches pay no taxes, what government in the region does things like that, be honest? Remember too that if we prefer today to support the government, it’s because we fear the installation of a Sunni theocracy that would deprive us of the right to live on our own lands.”

“Why are your bishops silent on a threat that is yours today as well? Because the bishops are like you, raised in political correctness. But Jesus was never politically correct, he was politically just!”

“The responsibility of a bishop is to teach, to use his influence to transmit truth. Why are your bishops afraid of speaking? Of course they would be criticized, but that would give them a chance to defend themselves, and to defend this truth. You must remember that silence often means consent.”

“The egoism and the interests slavishly defended by your governments will in the end kill you as well. Open your eyes, didn’t you see what happened recently in Paris?”

A woman holds up a sign during mass in the Catholic Patriarchate in Damascus, September 7, 2013. Pope Francis has urged the international community to join in a special day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria on Saturday. REUTERS/Khaled al Hariri (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT RELIGION) ORG XMIT: SYR09


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