Lebanese Bishops: National Crisis a ‘Matter of Life and Death’

Lebanese Bishops: National Crisis a ‘Matter of Life and Death’

The Lebanese Maronite bishops have harshly criticized government leaders for failing to form a cabinet at the expense of the people, who are “humiliated” and economically crushed by the present crisis.

Following their monthly plenary meeting Wednesday, the bishops issued a statement saying they “hold the state leaders responsible for the consequences of the successive catastrophes which they cause.”

The prelates asserted that “the freedom, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Lebanon are on the verge of disappearing,” because of government incompetence.

In their statement, the bishops criticized the “irresponsible mismanagement of public interests and funds” even as the living conditions of the Lebanese continue to deteriorate. They also deplored “the worsening political crisis, which has made the formation of a government impossible for a year for reasons linked to the shameful sharing of quotas.”

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