A coterie of bishops conclude that since the government of the United Kingdom is not likely to do so that the Church should apologize to Islam for the war in Iraq.
from page 29 of the 101 page report:
"Governments are not likely publicly to acknowledge such factors, let along express remorse for them...it is possible for institutions to take responsibility for their corporate action in the past, not in order to make individual Christians today feel guilty, but as a mature, public act of institutional repentance."
It is really unnecessary to read the report in its entirety when the COE helpfully provides a summation which includes lovely tidbits like these:
The report calls for a strengthening of the United Nations as “the legitimate authority for military intervention” and opposes democracy being “imposed on any other country by force,” saying it must be adopted by a nation “in culturally appropriate ways.”
In a case study, annexed to the report, the authors examine the current controversy surrounding Iran’s nuclear ambitions. While recognising the West’s legitimate security concerns the report suggests: “Tehran might forgo a nuclear weapons capability, if the EU-3 delivered a suitably attractive incentive package.” The report thought it “disappointing” that “the EU-3 did not use the Framework Agreement to offer more security assurances.”
The authors also say that the arguments against nuclear proliferation need to be made more compelling. “If certain countries retain their nuclear weapons on the basis of the uncertainty and potentially violent volatility of international relations, on what basis are the same weapons denied to other states?”
"Strengthening the United Nations?" "Culturally appropriate ways?"!?!? "A suitably attractive incentive package"??
The COE has reached the pinnacle of political correctness and the nadir, I think, of its moral authority. We may yet live to see the day that the faithful face Mecca at St. Pauls.