ASIA/IRAQ - Still tensions between the Chaldean Patriarchate and some Christian political acronyms

Monday, 4 September 2017 oriental churches   politics   area crisis   middle east

Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) - The Chaldean Patriarchate responded with an official note to the recent criticisms publicly addressed to Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako by the Chaldean National Congress, a political acronym founded in the US in 2002. The Patriarchate’s statement sent to Agenzia Fides, reiterated that the Chaldean National Congress adopts what it defines "unrealistic" positions on issues such as the future political and administrative solutions of the Nineveh Plain without providing concrete contributions to the problems that continue to fuel the drastic erosion of the Christian presence in Iraq in the recent 15 years. "It is a shame", the Patriarchal statement reads, "that some use the Chaldean name for personal interests".
The Chaldean Patriarchate responds to the official statement - published on website - with which on Thursday 31 August the political leadership of the Chaldean National Congress had deplored some recent speeches of the Patriarch, branding them as ecclesial interferences in strictly political disputes.
On August 6, Patriarch Louis Raphael had pointed out political parties and armed factions that claimed ties and tasks of representation with local Christian communities among the main perpetrators of the suffering and confusion that mark the present condition of Christian communities in Iraq. "A great part of this calvary", the Patriarch wrote in a statement sent to Agenzia Fides, is caused by party divisions, their subordination to other groups, and their inability to unite forces and make unitary decisions". Previously (see Fides 17/7/2017) there were also clashes between two self-styled "Christian militias" operating in the Nineveh Plain, the so-called "Babylonian Brigades" and NPU's Protection Units of the Nineveh Plain. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 4/9/2017)