Now that we’ve established that the Pope may be a Ricochet reader, I would humbly ask that he direct his attention to an article that appeared in the March 9 Wall Street Journal. Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., writes to remind us that it is not only his country and the Jews who are threatened by recent developments in the Middle East. The region’s Christians, as well, are a vanishing people. A sample:
[Christians’] share of the region's population has plunged from 20% a century ago to less than 5% today and falling. In Egypt, 200,000 Coptic Christians fled their homes last year after beatings and massacres by Muslim extremist mobs. Since 2003, 70 Iraqi churches have been burned and nearly a thousand Christians killed in Baghdad alone, causing more than half of this million-member community to flee. Conversion to Christianity is a capital offense in Iran, where last month Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani was sentenced to death. Saudi Arabia outlaws private Christian prayer.
Having addressed the fact that many Catholics have strayed from the Church’s teaching on matters of sexual morality, perhaps the Pope might now be persuaded to speak out against the ongoing systematic elimination of Christians from everywhere in the Middle East. (That is except from Israel, where both Christians and Christianity flourish.)