Today the U.S. government said the war in Iraq (2003-2011) was over for U.S. troops. The fact that the USCCB never condemned the war is a scandal — perhaps even bigger than the Church’s sex abuse scandal.

OC recently asked Theodore Cardinal McCarrick (former Archbishop of Washington D.C.) if he ever publicly criticized the war? He said “no”.

It’s interesting to note that many of the same Catholics who decry ‘secularism’ were actually joined with one of the great secularists of our time — Christoper Hitchens — in supporting the war in Iraq.

Photograph: Stephen Wise