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8/4/2014 (7 months ago)

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Cardinal would be better served addressing issues in his own nation

Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, the president of Caritas Internationalis has suggested that Israeli and Hamas leaders pick up a pair of binoculars so they could see that "most of your victims are innocent people." As we shall see, however, the good cardinal needs to address similar issues in his own nation.

Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga has offered advice to the Middle East, that he himself should apply to his home nation of Honduras.

Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga has offered advice to the Middle East, that he himself should apply to his home nation of Honduras.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/4/2014 (7 months ago)

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Keywords: Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, Hamas, Israel


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - As president of the Vatican-based umbrella organization for Catholic charities, Rodriguez said peace was impossible without reconciliation, and that reconciliation required recognizing each other as human beings.

"Israel and Hamas, why do you keep pointing out the speck in the eye of your brother while missing the plank in your own eye?" the cardinal asked in a statement.

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"As Caritas," he said, "we pray for peace in the Holy Land. We pray for the Palestinian and Israeli families who have lost their children, mothers and fathers, and for those who have been killed. Our prayers are with the children who live in terror and whose mental scars will run deep long after this war is over."

The cardinal prayed that Palestinians and Israelis "will remain free to believe in a future of justice and peace."

"This is the third war in five years between Israel and militants in Gaza," the cardinal said. "In the intervening years, Palestinians in Gaza have lived a life where water is scarce, much of their food comes from humanitarian organizations and where the dignity of a job is beyond many people's reach."

While admirable, some have pointed out that the good cardinal should concentrate on problems in his own homeland. The Republic of Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America. A lower middle-income country with persistent poverty and inequality challenges and a per-capita income of about $1,880 in U.S. dollars.

While Honduras has achieved a degree of economic stability since 2000, progress has not resulted in improved living conditions or reduced poverty for the country's huge proportion of poor people. It ranks 121 out of 187 countries on the United Nations Development Program's 2011 Human Development Index - a comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education and standards of living for countries worldwide.

Furthermore, increased crime and violence has sent hundreds of children, with little more than the clothes on their backs streaming across the U.S.-Mexico border in search of a better life. Violent gang activity results in the widespread use and sales of drugs.  With gang murder rate in the thousands, Honduras is a nation of domestic terrorists.

The underlying message appears to be - doctor, heal thyself.

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