The on-going persecution and killing of thousands of Christians in the Middle East, horrific and barbaric acts including beheadings - most recently that of an American journalist videoed live by the terrorist extremist Islamic state army- does not have its roots in religion.
It is an ideology; an evil ideology and church leaders have clearly and forcefully condemned the actions of the extremists.
"This evil and horrendous action taking place in the Middle East is not in the name of religion," the Apostolic Administrator for the Archdiocese of Sydney, Bishop Peter A. Comensoli said.
"It is an ideology and the actions of these people are evil.
"We must find the ways to confront their actions, to speak the truth, not falsehoods or lies, and challenge those who attempt to turn religion into ideology.
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It is with sadness and great reverence that the NSW Council of Christians and Jews
acknowledges the life of NSW Archbishop Edward Bede Clancy, OAM, the “peoples’
Pastor”, who has passed away at the age of 90. Archbishop Ted Clancy gained great
respect for many initiatives he brought to the Catholic community of Sydney and for his
ability to make pragmatic decisions that have made a difference for individuals in the Church
and in the broader community'.
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