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Episcopalians: Griswold urges multilateral approach to Iraq, praises Bush for AIDS initiative
Thu, 30 Jan 2003 13:49:13 -0500
January 30, 2003
Episcopalians: Griswold urges multilateral approach to Iraq,
praises Bush for AIDS initiative
by Jan Nunley
(ENS) Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold released a statement
today responding to President George W. Bush's State of the
Union message and calling on the administration to " exhaust all
diplomatic and multilateral initiatives" as the alternative to a
unilateral assault on Iraq.
The statement, entitled "The challenges of global citizenship,"
echoes previous statements issued by Griswold, the Executive
Council and the House of Bishops of the church on the
possibility of war with Iraq.
"I will not second guess those who unquestionably have better
information than is available to me about options for action in
response to Iraq," Griswold wrote. "However, I call on President
Bush to exhaust all diplomatic and multilateral initiatives as
the alternative to waging war. Our recent history makes plain
how intertwined are the world's nations; the fate of one hangs
on the fate of another. Unilateral actions would strain tenuous
relationships between the United States and other nations, and
undermine our shared goal of eradicating global terrorism and
preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Therefore, I strongly urge the President to act only in concert
with the United Nations Security Council."
Griswold praised Bush for his decision to commit the resources
of the Federal government to the fight against AIDS. "I warmly
applaud the President's call for $15 billion over the next five
years for the global fight against HIV/AIDS and this evidence of
his compassionate commitment. I will strongly support him as he
seeks funding and implementation for this bold new initiative,"
said Griswold. "Sub-Saharan Africa is being devastated by this
disease and a generation is dying, leaving orphaned children who
are at risk of being drawn into armies and made tools of terror.
However, the situation is not hopeless if we commit ourselves to
addressing this grave threat which affects us all."
Griswold added, "Our nation has an opportunity, and
responsibility, to reflect the values and ideals that we espouse
by focusing upon issues of poverty, disease and despair, both
within our own nation and throughout the global community. The
freedoms we enjoy as citizens of the United States oblige us to
attend both to our own welfare and to the well being of the
world. A nation that is a super power, and declares itself to be
'under God,' must exercise the role of super servant. Fighting
to eradicate HIV/AIDS and caring for those beyond ourselves is
in the best tradition of American generosity and compassion.
"My prayers are with our President and other leaders of our
nation and world that they may seek to forge peace, with the men
and women of the armed forces, including our military chaplains,
and their families. I pray that compassion and reconciliation
and healing may become the realities of our common life, thereby
reflecting God's own passionate desire for the well being of the
world God sent his Son to save," Griswold concluded.
Griswold read the statement to the Executive Council, which
responded with a resolution stating that the council "commends
to the whole church the Presiding Bishop's statement of January
30th on current global affairs and adopts the statement as an
expression of the mind of the council." The council met this
week in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. La Iglesia Episcopal
Dominicana has been a part of Province IX of the Episcopal
Church since 1897.
Resources on the situation in Iraq are available at the Peace
and Justice Ministries Web site.
Five years on, Griswold calls church to God's mission of
reconciliation, love (January 16, 2003)
NCC delegation returns from Iraq with warning against war
(January 10, 2003)
Chicago religious leaders ask President Bush to give peace a
chance (December 2, 2002)
Meeting the troops: Bishop Packard visits armed forces in Asia
and Kuwait (November 20, 2002)
House of Bishops meeting in Cleveland addresses possibility of
war with Iraq (October 2, 2002)
Episcopalians, Anglicans join in worldwide commemorations of
terrorist attacks (September 12, 2002)
Griswold joins church leaders in warning against military action
in Iraq (September 12, 2002)
'A super power...must exercise the role of super servant': The
Presiding Bishop's statement on military action against Iraq
(September 6, 2002)
Church leaders appeal to 'stop the rush to war' (August 30,
--The Rev. Jan Nunley is deputy director of Episcopal News
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