Dean’s plea for Christians

Dean’s plea for Christians cited during Iraq debate

isisAn emotive address by the Dean of Derry, Rev. William Morton, on the plight of Christians in Iraq and Syria, was mentioned in dispatches during a debate in Stormont.

Dean Morton’s address at a special interdenominational Service of Reflection and Prayer at St Columb’s Cathedral was referred to by SDLP MLA Alban Maginness.

The Belfast MLA was speaking in support of a motion that the Assembly notes “with great concern the widespread persecution and genocide of the Christian minority community in Iraq and Syria.”

Mr Maginness said: “I refer to the remarks of the Dean of St Columb’s Cathedral in Derry, Dr William Morton.

“He quoted the Gospel of St Matthew. Quoting the words of Jesus, he said: ‘Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ ‘This is the Gospel imperative of our Lord. We can’t ignore it. If we do, we do so at our peril.

‘That account in St Matthew goes on to relate how, in the final judgement, there will be the distinction made between those who responded when the need arose, and those who did not.’” read more