Church leaders concerned over military action in Libya
Cardinal Keith O’Brien prays for peaceful solution
Cardinal Keith O’Brien has led Scottish church leaders in expressing concern over British military intervention in Libya.
Speaking at the launch of a website to promote Christian values ahead of the forthcoming Holyrood elections (above), Cardinal O’Brien said he hoped there could be a peaceful solution to the conflict.
“I think the events in Libya will cause all Christians to pause and think and hopefully to pray at this present time for a positive, peaceful solution to what is going on there,” Britain’s most senior Catholic clergyman said.
The Right Rev John Christie, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, said he thought it could be considered a just war but he still had reservations.
“I think the difficulty that we all have at the moment is that none of us can foresee the future and probably only history will tell us if this intervention has been right,” he said.
However the Rev James Maciver, clerk to the Free Kirk Assembly, unequivocally backed military action.
“I would say it is justified, on the basis of the UN decision and in seeking to protect the lives of innocent people, so I would think it is something that Christians could support,” he said. “I know many Christians might not support any kind of military action whatsoever. But I am certainly not one of those. I think there is such a concept as the just war.”
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