CUA's School of Theology and Religious Studies hosted a panel discussion entitled “Will Christianity Survive in the Middle East?” with special guest Bishop Francis Kalabat of the Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle. The discussion was featured in publications by Christian Today and Christian Daily. See below.
ISIS Encouraged Muslims to Betray Christians, Bishop Says
From: Christian Today
Date: November 26, 2016
Author: Andre Mitchell
The Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group has not only destroyed buildings and entire cities in the Middle East but also strained relations between Muslims and Christians in the areas it conquered, according to a bishop from the United States.
Bishop Francis Kalabat of the Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle, based in the northern Detroit suburb of Southfield, spoke last week at The Catholic University of America where he condemned the atrocities committed by the Islamist extremists, the Catholic News Service reported.
The Roman Catholic prelate lamented how the ISIS "did a lot of destruction" and even promoted mistrust among Christians and Muslims in the Middle East...
ISIS incites Muslims to betray Christian neighbors, says bishop
From: Christian Daily
Date: November 24, 2016
Author: Lorraine Caballero
...On Nov. 17, Bishop Kalabat spoke at the Catholic University of America and relayed the systematic persecution of Middle East Christians. The bishop, who visited Iraq in September, noted that some of the Christians there were given 24 hours to leave or die, and described how ISIS destroyed the relationship between Christians and Muslims in Iraq, the National Catholic Reporter details.
"They not only destroyed buildings, but they destroyed relations between neighbors," said Bishop Kalabat. "Many (Iraqi Muslims intimidated by Islamic State) turned in their Christian neighbors and that has built up a lot of mistrust."
In light of the genocide that ISIS committed against Christians in the Middle East, Bishop Kalabat proposed setting up courts and organizing programs to deal with all kinds of trauma the victims face. He urged the public to take action to preserve Chaldean Catholics' history as it is currently being destroyed.
"They (Iraqi Catholics) are survivors, but is it enough just to be in survival mode all the time?" Bishop Kalabat added. "Don't you want to live? Don't you want to thrive? Don't you want to be able to give?"...