Maronite bishop urges ‘profound defiance’ in face of persecution of Christians

by CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE  |  published on October 31, 2014

Maronite Bishop Gregory Mansour of Brooklyn has told studentsat Belmont University students about the need for all Christians to respond to persecution with “profound defiance”.

Pointing out that this was markedly different from vengeful retaliation or submissive inaction, Bishop Mansour said: “Jesus was not a passive victim. Christians are not just asked to be nice people and doormats.”

He told the Belmont students that they are called to stand in solidarity with the persecuted Christians in the Middle East, and to join forces with other Christians, Jews and Muslims of goodwill to raise a voice against “the worst injustice you can imagine,” that is currently happening at the hands of Islamic State militants.