WASHINGTON -- The nation's Roman Catholic bishops are warning President George Bush it would be immoral to launch an immediate attack on Iraq.
The Persian Gulf crisis dominated yesterday's opening session of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, where many said they feared the world was teetering on the brink of war. The bishops were so deeply concerned that they are likely to issue an even tougher warning to Bush before they adjourn on Thursday.
"We fear that resort to war . . . could cost many lives and raise serious moral questions," said Los Angeles Archbishop Roger Mahony as he asked his fellow bishops to approve a four-page letter of warning to the Bush administration.