Frank Tracy Griswold III

The 25th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

A Statement from the Presiding Bishop: The third anniversary of the Iraq invasion approaches

March 16, 2006
Frank T. Griswold

On the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, I am deeply grieved at the ongoing tragedy and the continuing loss of life. My prayers are with the men and women of our Armed Forces as well as the people of Iraq all of whom continue to make the most profound of sacrifices in a conflict that seems to have no end. In the fall of 2002, I expressed deep unease about “unilateral military action that would inflame the passions of millions … setting into motion cycles of violence and retaliation.” I believed then, as I do now, that such an approach undermines our nation’s commitment to creating a more stable and secure world.

My prayers also are with President Bush and the other leaders of our nation and world who are faced with the challenge of securing peace after years of war, and waging reconciliation in the region. I continue to believe that the commitment to peace shared by the three great faith traditions who call the region holy is the only way to bring security and stability to the world God sent his son to save.

The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church, USA