Archbishop Aoude criticizes Aoun's low standard morals
Wednesday, 2 January, 2008 @ 6:54 PM
Beirut - Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Beirut
Elias Aoudeh expressed aggravation over insulting
religious leaders after MP Michel Aoun said
Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir does not represent public opinion.
Aoudeh, in a sermon during New Year's mass
Tuesday, criticized "low-standard morals" and "insulting" religious leaders.
The Free Patriotic Movement leader on Monday said
Sfeir represents the Church and not public opinion.
The Patriarch, Aoun said, "is free to express his
opinion regarding the political situation but
he does not decide our constitutional powers on behalf of us."
He asked Sfeir to "clarify what is being said"
about Bkirki's support for Premier Fouad Siniora's government.
Sfeir, however, refrained on Tuesday from
directly mentioning Lebanon's presidential crisis
during his sermon. He rather focused on Pope
Benedict XVI's appeal for world peace.
Similarly National Liberal Party leader Dory
Chamoun , blasted Aoun for attacking Sfeir saying :
The Maronites need to understand that this
fellow ( Aoun) that claims the title of the
Patriarch of the Christian Maronite politics ,
has assumed too big a title for himself . We the
Maronites are destroying our home by ourselves ,
strictly because this fellow wants to achieve his
personal goals at any expense . The political
cover that Michel Aoun gave to Hezbollah
empowered his party to attack the Lebanese state
and this attack is facilitating the return of the Syrian influence in Lebanon.
Sources: Naharnet , Ya Libnan