Archbishop Bashar Warda said air strikes were "not enough" to defeat
Islamic State militants and "begged" for Western troops to be deployed.
He said Iraq's Christian population was declining and that he would speak to the UK government about further action.
The government has said efforts to defeat IS were "comprehensive".
During a visit to London, Archbishop Warda, of the Catholic
Chaldean Church, told the Westminster gathering Iraq's Christian
communities had fallen "dramatically" over the last decade - from 1.4
million during the rule of Saddam Hussein.
Tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians and Yazidis fled their
homes in the summer of 2014 following warnings from IS militants to
renounce their faith or face death.
"We don't have much time left as Christians in this region," the archbishop told a gathering of cross-party MPs and peers.
"As a Catholic I find it hard to say, but I want military action, there is no other way now."
He is due to address the Church of England's ruling General Synod on Tuesday.
His speech comes after the Prince of Wales spoke of his "deep
concern" for the suffering of Christian churches in the Middle East.
Archbishop Warda called for the deployment of British troops on
the ground to drive IS - known as Daesh in Arabic speaking countries -
from the Christian villages of the Nineveh Plain, adding: "I beg you to
focus on the need for military action.
"What we are seeing is worse for the world than what happened
in Afghanistan, with more and more young people going to fight with
Daesh. Military action is needed - powerful force - to get them out of
He said Iraqi bishops from across the Christian denominations
were in "continuous talks" with each other and with Christian
politicians in Baghdad.
'A last resort'
He said they shared his view that the west should take
military action - describing it as "an unfortunate solution", but one
which was needed.
Archbishop Warda said he was struggling to persuade Christian families not to leave the area.
Conservative Former Cabinet minister John Gummer, now Lord
Deben, said the archbishop's speech was an example of the "desperate
dilemma the Christian community of Iraq are now in".
"Having been subjected to war, they are now calling for it as a last resort," he told the BBC.
Baroness Berridge, the Conservative peer and chairwoman of the
all-party group on international religious freedom, said she was
"shocked" to hear a Catholic Archbishop say military action was the only
"How bad, how evil this situation must be if this is the call of a Catholic archbishop," she added.
The Rev Nizar Semaan, the London-based chaplain to Syrian Catholics in Britain, backed Archbishop Warda's call.
Mr Senaan, an Iraqi from the Nineveh Plain, said: "Who is
going to free our villages and towns? We do not believe in the Iraqi
army or the Peshmerga.
"Britain should go and free our cities. In 2003, you didn't complete the job."
However, Syrian Anglican, the Rev Nadim Nassar, told the meeting that "bullets will not solve the problem".
The group of MPs said it was "surprised and deeply concerned" the UK was not doing more.
In response to the report, a government spokesman said the
international coalition was taking a "comprehensive approach" against
IS, through air strikes and by tackling its sources of money and foreign
The UK had carried out the second highest number of air
strikes among coalition partners and helped to train Iraqi security
forces and Peshmerga forces, the spokesman added.