Washington D.C., May 18, 2017 / 23:05 pm
The Catholic Church will speak out against injustice and avoid any attempt to normalize the "festering wound" of the Israeli-Palestinian situation, a commission from the region's leading Catholic bishops has said.
"The Church, given the nature of her mission, has her own values and criteria to define her position in a situation of conflict, like the one in Israel-Palestine. No single brand of political discourse, no particular party position nor any particular ideological option binds the Church," the Justice and Peace Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land said May 14. The commission is headed by Latin Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah.
"However, at the same time, the Church cannot ignore fundamental injustice or acts that endanger peace and the welfare of the human person," the commission said.
"By her very nature, the Church opposes occupation and discrimination and is committed to promote justice and peace as well as the unique dignity and equality of every human person," it continued. "The Church can never ignore injustice as if all is well but rather is obligated to speak out, resist evil and work tirelessly for change. Like the prophets of old, the Church, a prophetic body, points out injustice and denounces it."