Pope Francis entered into the fray of politics in April to suggest that a third country mediate negotiations between the United States and North Korea. According to the Pope Francis, the situation between the two countries has become too tense, causing the threat of widespread war to be too real.
Clearly, the Pope's path of peace was not taken. Hence, tensions between the two countries seem to be higher than ever, with threats going back and forth between Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un. In fact, North Korea has even threatened to attack United States land, and Donald Trump has threatened to viciously retaliate if North Korea doesn't change their tone. This developing story has been covered extensively here at Faith, Family, America.
Other leaders of the Catholic Church have entered into the fray to urge both heads of state to pursue a peaceful path and avoid the possibility of civilian deaths.
According to Newsweek, a top U.S. bishop wrote Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling for Washington to seek a diplomatic solution rather than continuing to ramp up the prospect of total war. Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, wrote that while threats posed by Kim and others in North Korea cannot be underestimated or ignored, it should also not be understated or ignored that war between the two countries would result in catastrophic death and vast destruction.
Cantu, the head of the international justice and peace committee at the U.S. Catholics bishops’ conference, fully supports the proposition of South Korean President Moon Jae-in to reopen negotiations with North Korea. This proposal is also backed by Catholic bishops in democratic South Korea.
“Catholic bishops in South Korea have been vocal in calling for a de-escalation in the current standoff between the two Koreas and the exchange between Washington and Pyongyang,” writes Newsweek. “The head of the church in South Korea, Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, recently urged...to pray for peace in the region and called upon North Korea to ‘come to the discussion table and abandon their nuclear weapons’ for the sake of the ‘safety and future of all Koreans.’”
North Korea has severely persecuted Christians, imprisoning people for publicly expressing their faith. The Roman Catholic Church has no official branch in North Korea.
In related news, Pope Francis has also made some striking remarks about transgender persons. Coming from the man who once asked "who am I to judge?" in a comment toward those with gay attraction, this latest remark might surprise you.