By Joan Desmond, The National Catholic Register.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York marked the desperate plight of Christians in Iraq and Syria with an urgent plea for Americans to take action before it’s too late.
“When it comes to the persecution of Christians, we are talking about an … international emergency,” Cardinal Dolan said, expressing both frustration and hope as he called for lay Catholics to demand action from their government, provide humanitarian aid and pray, during an address at conference on “The Islamic State’s Religious Cleansing and the Urgency of a Strategic Response.”
Defending persecuted Christians “is not some chic hobby. We are talking about life and death, we are talking about the survival of beloved, ancient, loving, innocent Christian communities,” explained Cardinal Dolan at the May 7 conference sponsored by the Hudson Institute in New York City.
The New York Church leader outlined a seven-point plan for action as reports from the territory controlled by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria offered little sign that the multi-national forces opposing IS will succeed in driving out the militant organization.
Cardinal Dolan’s plan for helping Christians stressed the extreme nature of the threat posed by Islamic State, Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups in the Middle East and Africa.
The seven points:
Watch Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s address at the conference.