"Mr. President, you are ignoring the plight of Christians in the Middle East!"

The head of the Maronite Church, Patriarch Peter Bechara, has stirred up controversy in his home turf of Lebanon — so much, that President Obama has now canceled, without explanation, a scheduled meeting.

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Though no official explanation has been given for the change of plans, Bishop Gregory Mansour of the Maronite Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn has made it clear in an open letter to the president that the Obama Administration rebuffed the patriarch:

“Because he has spoken out expressing his concern for the future of Christians in the Middle East, he has been rebuffed by you and your Administration. It is pure hypocrisy for the leader of the free world to refuse to meet with Patriarch Rai especially since the Prime Minister of Israel can come and completely disregard essential parts of a peace plan and still be given a warm welcome, and the King of Saudi Arabia, where Christians have no freedom whatsoever, can be received with highest honors. Mr. President, you are ignoring the plight of Christians in the Middle East!”

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Comments

  1. Deacon John M. Bresnahan says:

    Not surprising. Western Christians (including P. Obama) have rarely shown any concern for the plight of Christians in the Middle East (most of whom are the real original natives of their lands). Chaldean Catholics in Iraq are being killed, terrorized and driven from there. The “Arab Spring” is already becoming the cover for attacking and terrorizing Copts in Egypt. A Protestant minister in Iran is virtually already standing on the gallows awaiting execution for his conversion to Christianity.
    No wonder Middle Eastern Christian leaders are terrified at what could happen next in Syria.
    And what do we get from Western government leaders–almost nothing. And what little is said is usually mush. Now our president joins in the “conspiracy of silence” that has enveloped Christians in the Middle East. A pity and a shame.

  2. Those of us who love this faith of ours should remember that the building of it started for us with the Apostle to the Gentiles on the road to Damascus. It shames me that I know so little about (and as you so correctly point out John, seem to care so little about) this community of followers of Jesus Christ.

    Many of them face the same life-and-death risks today that the Church we read about in Scripture faced back in the first days of The Way.

    We forget or ignore this at our own peril.

    God bless.

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