The Express-Times, Friday, January 14, 2005
Article by John A. Zukowski focuses on the conflict faced by members of the clergy and their congregations in the Lehigh Valley area on how to show support for the troops while opposing the war in Iraq. In some cases, they are troubled by the "shift in the church's priorities" because they do not address peace and social justice issues. The story features comments by Dr. Brian Kane, chairperson of the department of philosophy and theology at DeSales, and associate professor of theology. According to Dr. Kane, social justice is a vital part of the church and social programs are an important part of every Catholic diocese. However, Dr. Kane says the purpose of priest's homily or sermon is "explication of scripture" and not a platform for speaking out against the war. To avoid alienating their congregations, some clergy members have provided opportunities to gather in small groups and express concerns.
Press Release: War poses religious dilemma | Posted on: 1/14/2005
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