Pope Benedict XVI Letter to Archbishop Dolan on 10th Anniversary of 9/11

“…no circumstances can ever justify acts of terrorism.”

The Holy Father sent the following to Archbishop Timothy Dolan, the current president of the USCCB, to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11:

To my Venerable Brother, The Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, President United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

On this day my thoughts turn to the somber events of September 11, 2001, when so many innocent lives were lost in the brutal assault on the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the further attacks in Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. I join you in commending the thousands of victims to the infinite mercy of Almighty God and in asking our heavenly Father to continue to console those who mourn the loss of loved ones.

The tragedy of that day is compounded by the perpetrators’ claim to be acting in God’s name. Once again, it must be unequivocally stated that no circumstances can ever justify acts of terrorism. Every human life is precious in God’s sight and no effort should be spared in the attempt to promote throughout the world a genuine respect for the inalienable rights and dignity of individuals and peoples everywhere.

The American people are to be commended for the courage and generosity that they showed in the rescue operations and for their resilience in moving forward with hope and confidence. It is my fervent prayer that a firm commitment to justice and a global culture of solidarity will help rid the world of the grievances that so often give rise to acts of violence and will create the conditions for greater peace and prosperity, offering a brighter and more secure future.

With these sentiments, I extend my most affectionate greetings to you, your brother Bishops and all those entrusted to your pastoral care, and I gladly impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of peace and serenity in the Lord.

source: Vatican Radio

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2 Responses to Pope Benedict XVI Letter to Archbishop Dolan on 10th Anniversary of 9/11

  1. But

    – the pope doesn’t mind priests raping thousands and thousands of God’s children in God’s name.
    – the pope doesn’t mind concealing known pedophile priests in God’s name.
    – the pope doesn’t mind lying about child rape in God’s name.
    – the pope doesn’t mind fighting the victims of child rape in God’s name

    Pope and Catholic priests, stay away from us on 9/11. We’re trying to forget one enemy. We don’t need to be reminded of another.

    • Patrick,

      Your anger at the horror of the sexual abuse scandal is certainly understandable, and shared by all people of good will, regardless of their creed or lack thereof.

      That said, it has absolutely nothing to do with the Holy Father’s words of consolation on the anniversary of 9/11. Nothing whatsoever.

      Likewise, your integrity in your chosen field of work should not come under attack because of the personal crimes of your colleagues.

      In the aftermath of this tragedy, people flocked to churches, seeking that “peace which passes all understanding”, a peace which only God can give. They knew the Church was not their enemy, but their bridge to find the Prince of Peace. They did not come seeking man – for humanity had already (and once again) failed them in the lives of the perpetrators of 9/11. But they didn’t let that stop them from seeking the One who could heal, who could console, who could give them the grace to stand that which they could not understand.

      I hope you will come to realize that peace, Patrick. The Church and her priests are not your enemy. Sin is.

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