Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA/LEBANON – Patriarch Younan criticizes the exclusion of Syrian Christians from public functions and administrative positions
Beirut – In Lebanon – a country where the distribution of political and institutional offices follows criteria of division based on religious affiliation – Christians belonging to the Syro-Orthodox and Syro-Catholic Church are marginalized or excluded from functions and public offices. Syrian Catholic Patriarch Ignace Youssif III Younan stressed this again, in statements released by the local media. The Patriarch’s critical considerations were inspired by recent appointments approved by the Council of Ministers, concerning significant roles in institutions such as the Court of Auditors. In selecting the persons to be assigned to such positions – the Patriarch points out – the candidates who belonged to the two minority Christian communities were still excluded. “After seeing that our youthful energies are increasingly excluded”, the Primate of the Syrian Catholic Church insisted, “we deplore with the utmost firmness the continuing marginalization and exclusion of members of our community from public functions and administrative positions in the Lebanese State”. The Patriarch also invited the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the heads of the parties to “make the promises made to our most deserving children”.