Syriac Maronite Patriarch al-Rai condemns endemic corruption, holds Lebanese politicians responsible for country’s collapse

DIMANE, Lebanon — During his sermon in Dimane, Lebanon, Syriac Maronite Patriarch Mor Bechara Butros al-Rai emphasized that the Christian identity and mission transcend the boundaries of ecclesiastical and spiritual spheres, extending into the realms of family, society, and the state.

“When we say the state, we mean its officials and all those involved in political and partisan affairs. Everyone in Lebanon and abroad complains about political, financial, administrative, commercial, and moral corruption, even the loss of human modesty, and human and national conscience,” the Patriarch stated.

Furthermore, the Patriarch condemned the acts of enslavement to power, individuals, money, weaponry, and personal and factional interests. He denounced these actions as heinous crimes that not only hinder the presidential election process but also undermine the foundations of constitutional institutions, thereby jeopardizing the Lebanese state and its people.

The Patriarch solemnly reminded his audience that both God and society condemn all those involved in perpetrating such crimes.

“No matter what damage they do, they will not reach their goal due to the faith of the Lebanese people, their good morals, steadfastness, and defense of sanctity of their homeland,” the Patriarch concluded.