Lincoln, Neb., Sep 9, 2013 / 09:08 am
Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln says that a solution to the violence in Syria must be achieved, not through more violence or "taking sides" with one of the warring factions, but by speaking the truth "boldly."
"I am not a politician, or a military strategist. I am only a pastor," he wrote in a Sept. 7 column. "But I know we cannot solve the violence of Syria with more violence."
On the occasion of the Pope's call for a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria, Bishop Conley referred to an ancient Syrian legend about a monk who tamed a dragon that was blinded with rage.
Realizing that defense against the dragon would only provoke more rage, Simeon the monk calmed the dragon by speaking "truth, boldly, and with compassion."