‘Truth is being crucified’

28 November 2014

PIOTR RYMUZA

Anti-corruption: the Patriarch of the Maronite Church, Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, who has criticised those who use their political power for personal gain

Anti-corruption: the Patriarch of the Maronite Church, Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, who has criticised those who use their political power for ...

THE Patriarch of the Maronite Church, Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, has launched a strong attack on the corruption in the Middle East. Speaking at the unveiling of the new Beirut studio complex belonging to the Christian television channel SAT-7, the Patriarch said that "truth is being crucified every day for personal interest at the expense of people and the public good." He said that "the source of the tragedies" in the Middle East was that "truth has become captive to injustice."

Cardinal Rahi went on to say that "the Church condemns all political action that is solely limited to achieving personal gains and that aims to obstruct state institutions in the search for power." Political action was a "moral duty", which was "incompatible with corruption, despotism, and dependence on money from abroad".

Addressing an audience of almost 400 people, including senior leaders from across the church spectrum, parliamentarians, and government representatives, Cardinal Rahi continued: "How great is the need in Lebanon and all the Middle East countries for the voice of the Church to speak out for truth, to break the chains of injustice and tyranny, to tear down slavery and corruption!"

The Cardinal described SAT-7 as one such modern-day institution. He said that the channel "proclaims and teaches the truth that sets us free and to which our Lord Jesus Christ calls us".

Sat-7, which began broadcasting two hours a week 18 years ago, now transmits for 800 hours a week.

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