Washington D.C., Dec 20, 2012 / 02:20 am
The U.S. bishops' leader on international peace issues said that dialogue is the path to a peaceful resolution of nuclear concerns between the United States and Iran.
"Bold steps must be considered to counter this unfortunate and continually rising tide of aggressive posturing between our own nation and Iran," said Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines.
In a Dec. 18 letter to Thomas E. Donilon, national security advisor to the Obama administration, he explained that a "peaceful resolution will require direct, sustained negotiations over a considerable period of time."
The bishop, who chairs the Committee on International Justice and Peace for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, voiced "deep concern" over the "dangerous situation facing our nation, the international community, and Iran."