WASHINGTON -- Saying there is little evidence of an imminent threat to the
United States, the nation's Catholic bishops overwhelming approved a resolution
Wednesday opposing President Bush's threatened war against Iraq.
By a 228-14 vote, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said the
administration lacked "clear and adequate evidence" that military action against
Saddam Hussein would be morally justified.
"We fear that to resort to war, under present circumstances and in light of
current public information, would not meet the strict conditions in Catholic teaching
for overriding the strong presumption against the use of military force," the
The bishops made it clear they had "no illusions about the behavior or intentions
of the Iraqi government," and they called on the Hussein regime to cease internal
repression and "abandon its efforts to develop weapons of mass destruction."
They praised President Bush for working with the U.N. Security Council to persuade
Iraq to disarm and for seeking congressional approval before taking military action.
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