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Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, who has consistently urged Christians not to leave Iraq, has urged Chaldean priests who immigrated to the US without official permission to reflect on their priestly duties.

The Chaldean prelate made this recommendation as he announced the appointment of Archbishop Shlemon Warduni, who has been serving as an auxiliary bishop in Baghdad, to become apostolic administrator for the Chaldean parishes in the US. Patriarch Sako described this appointment as a “new beginning,” which should allow Chaldean prelates to examine their own consciences. “Please, do not let anyone separate you from your original dioceses or monasteries,” he said.

Many times it is not the Islamic terrorists who bring Christians to Islam, it is the lack of priests who do it for them.
In a recent talk on the challenges facing the Chaldean Catholic Church, Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako criticized “bureaucratic interference” from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Eastern Churches.

The patriarch was particularly critical of the Congregation’s decision to overturn his suspension of priests who fled Iraq without the patriarchate’s permission and were ministering in Chaldean parishes abroad.

Stating that the Eastern Catholic churches “know our situation better than anyone else,” the patriarch said that “it is expected that the Congregation of Eastern Churches would support and empower the patriarch.”