"We are at the edge of a precipice and we must stop," said Cardinal Pio Laghi, a one-time papal nuncio in the United States, in statements to the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera.
"We are told this by the horror unleashed by the tortures of Iraqi prisoners, the beheading of the American hostage, and the scoffing at the bodies of American soldiers," he said.
So, if the prisoner abuse and the Nick Berg beheading had not occurred we would be okay in Iraq? I have enormous respect for Cardinal Laghi. When he met Saddam before the war last year, he pulled out a rosary when Saddam brandished a sword in front of him. Yet, he now seems to be exploiting the abuse and beheading. Some are worried that the Holy Father coming out in favor of withholding communion from pro-abortion Sen Kerry would be seen as the Vatican becoming involved in the presidential campaign. Too late! It is already happening.