Vatican says killing bin Laden not a matter for rejoicing

May 3, 2011

Amen (without sarcasm) to this, below, which is via Mercosur.

I am so tired of the world’s idiots killing each other, and rejoicing that the forces of evil have been defeated, which prompts other idiots to vow to “avenge” the murdered idiot by killing others, and rejoicing that the forces of evil have been defeated. You can see how much closer it has brought us to a just and peaceful world.

Sometimes killing may be necessary to prevent greater killing, or to prevent the triumph of evil. I don’t like that conclusion, but I can’t argue with it. History makes it clear. History also makes it clear that there is a difference between killing as necessity and killing as in racking up scores in a football game. I can’t see that it makes a lot of difference, in such cases, whether the killers claim to represent a government or “the people” or a drug cartel. It isn’t pretty to watch. It is, in fact, as sickening as the palestinians who celebrated in the streets when they received the news on Sept. 11, 2001.

Vatican says killing of Bin Laden calls for reflection before God and not rejoicing

The Vatican said the killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, a man who sowed division and hatred and who caused “innumerable” deaths, should prompt serious reflection about one’s responsibility before God, not rejoicing.

The Vatican statement May 2 came the day after President Barack Obama announced that US forces had killed bin Laden in an attack on his hideout in northwest Pakistan. In several US cities, the news prompted street demonstrations and expressions of jubilation.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, released a brief written statement reacting to the news.

“Osama bin Laden, as we all know, bore the most serious responsibility for spreading divisions and hatred among populations, causing the deaths of innumerable people, and manipulating religions to this end,” Father Lombardi said.

“In the face of a man’s death, a Christian never rejoices, but reflects on the serious responsibilities of each person before God and before men, and hopes and works so that every event may be the occasion for the further growth of peace and not of hatred,” the spokesman said.

The Vatican missionary news agency, Fides, reported that Christian schools and other institutes were closed and churches put on guard in Pakistan’s main cities out of fear of possible repercussions on the Christian minorities there. Pakistani Christians are often identified in extremist literature with the West and the United States.

Paul Bhatti, a government adviser for religious minorities in Pakistan, told Fides that “the situation is tense.”

“In fact, there are strong fears of reactions — senseless reactions — against the Christian minorities. The government is giving the maximum attention to prevention measures,” he said.

Father Mario Rodrigues, director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Pakistan, said after a meeting with government officials May 2: “They put us on alert, requesting the closure of our institutes and making available additional police personnel around the churches. The Christians of Pakistan are innocent victims in this and other situations. Any pretext is used to threaten them or launch an attack.”

Rodrigues said some experts predicted that Bin Laden’s killing would weaken the Taliban and their ideologies, which could help diminish anti-Christian persecution in the long term. But he said radical Islamic groups were flourishing in Pakistan, and other extremist leaders could arise.

What is needed, he said, is a serious policy of inter-religious tolerance at every level — cultural, social, political and legislative. 

 

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