Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, D.C., weighed in on the escalating slaughter of Christians by terrorists and fundamentalist radicals such as the Islamic State in the Middle East on Newsmax TV on Monday.
"This is genocide. This is the deliberate, organized effort to eliminate Christians from the land where they have been a part of the very fabric of the country since Jesus's time. So I am often perplexed and certainly question why there's so much reluctance, why there's so much silence," Wuerl told Newsmax Chief Political Correspondent John Gizzi.
"In the last meeting I had with [President Barack Obama], we did talk about the care of people fleeing from this persecution and how internationally some response can be prepared. People are simply being driven out of their homeland. We talked about that.