The Vatican and the Gaza Wall
'The Wall,' which the Israelis are building in Gaza, has been repeatedly and explicitly condemned by both Cardinals and the Pope himself. Even Israel's staunchest supporters in the US Congress have started to complain.
The Wall has had the effect of disrupting the life of the Catholic Church in the region: obstructing liturgical services, cutting off parishioners from their churches, preventing clergy and religious missionaries from working in the region, etc. Says the Vatican spokesman in Israel: "In the Catholic world there is a growing view that Israel has deliberately framed a policy to hurt the church."
In response, Ariel Sharon had the brilliant riposte that "Rome is full of walls, like Jerusalem, and the Vatican is surrounded by high walls."
# posted by Jamie : 7:40 AM