A must-read for your Friday would be Michele Nuzzo-Naglieri’s interview with Father Noel Gorgis, a Chaldean priest from Iraq who – a former soldier under Saddam Hussein’s regime – now leads a swelling parish of Iraqi Catholics in North Hollywood, California.
Conscription into Saddam’s army was mandatory when Father Gorgis finished seminary at the age of 22 – and there were no special privileges for a Catholic priest.
“Every day I kept fulfilling my duties and all that was expected of me but had difficulty accepting it,” he told Michele. “After the (Gulf War), I escaped the western desert and took refuge in a northern monastery. From there, I fled to Turkey because I felt strongly that fighting was not the answer.”