Abortion “Intrinsically Evil,” Capital Punishment “Morally Neutral

Kansas City, Missouri, Catholic Bishop teaches why capital punishment is a valid Christian moral choice but abortion is not.   The key concept that erroneously morally props up all Catholic

The First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation

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  ​ “On all arable soil in the world we grow grain over tombs. The dead outnumber the living in a ratio of approximately 14 to 1. The estimate of the total number of persons ever born is about 85 billion. 78 billion of them are dead. 7 bil


Giovanni Bugatti ​Pope’s Executioner, 1796-1865 Carried out 516 Execution The last execution by a Pope was by Blessed Pope Pius IX on July 9,1870. However the Vatican had a law permitting capital punishment until 1969. The Catholic Church tod


“To sate the lust for power more horrid still, The foulest stain and scandal of our nature, murder, Becomes its boast.  One murder makes a villain, millions a Hero.  Princes are privileg’d To kill, and numbers sanctified their crime.”


Thomas Merton writes, “People may spend their whole lives climbing some ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.” Are the mainline and evangelical Christian Churches and many Chr


Captain Philip S. Mumford was a former officer in Iraq. He gave a speech about why he was against what the British were doing in Iraq. He asked,” What is the difference between throwing 500 babies into a fire and throwing fire from an airplane


Men of religious congregations do evil; ministers of God make the congregations feel good about doing it. Rather than guide them in the moral cultivation of their conscience, ministers, with moral nimbleness, blunt that conscience, covering it up wit


​         Johannes Ude If the disciple of Christ is treated violently and gives his life for his conviction, this is not a defeat but rather a glorious victory, an eloquent witness to the power of Christianity, which is called to renew the face


 Johannes Ude To avoid the slightest doubt, Christ and the apostles speaking in His name again and again emphasized love of the enemy. How can one reconcile these easily understandable commandments of Christ with the use of vio­lence against an ass


       Johannes Ude Whoever is a Christian, that is, who truly abides by Christ’s teaching, may not touch a murder weapon and does not need a rifle, a revolver, a canon, or poison gas. His defense is nonviolence, and his weapons are love, goodn


Those who control the writing and publication of church history as a matter of course, consign Christian pacifists to the threshold of oblivion. In twenty-one years of formal Catholic education I had never been taught a sentence about or even heard a


“Stone walls do not a prison make  Nor iron bars a cage.”​ Psychologically, emotionally, financially, spiritually and socially Bishops are imprisoned in a cult. By choice each has entered into The Cult ofHierarchs. And, like all member


Jesus is the Eternal Word of God, “who is love,” “made flesh.” As the Word of God Incarnate, as the self-communication of God to human beings, He is Nonviolent and teaches to His disciples, by His choice of words and deeds, a


“There is, indeed, no difference between war and murder apart from the fact that the one is on an immeasurably larger scale than the other, and claims an infinitely greater number of victims.That is true of all wars. And the only way to stop th


“The most commonplace example of the cognitive dimension in art is the reader’s recognition—sometimes the shock of recognition—the “verification” of a sector of reality that the reader had known but not known that he


“There’s strong. Then there’s Army strong.Do your part to spirirtually strengthen our troops.” Be a Military Chaplain.   ​”There’s strong. Then there’s Army strong.Do your part to spirirtually strength


The Christian Military Chaplaincy: An Orwellian Ministry. Part Three  A Ministry of the Ministry of Peace or If you are having trouble play the entire vi


The Christian Military Chaplaincy: An Orwellian Ministry. Part Two  A Ministry of the Ministry of Love Or -Emmanuel Charles McCarthy Christian Military C


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“We don’t cut up when mad men are bred by the old legitimate, regular-stock, Established Church religions, but we can´t allow wildcat religions to indulge in such disastrous experiments.” -Mark Twain There is nothing that ISIS has


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Forgiveness, complete and total forgiveness of the sinner by God regardless of the heinousness of the sin, forgiveness dependent upon nothing other than a person’s desire to be forgiven, is a non-removable dimension of the Good News revealed by


Jesus does not seek to defend the interests of the poor and the oppressed in Palestine by organizing armed resistance against the Romans or against the privileged Jewish collaborators with Roman authority. Armed defense is not the way of Jesus. There


A major loophole that Christian Just Warists have manufactured to try to theologically legitimate their obstinate refusal to obey Jesus’ teaching in the Gospels of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies is to reduce this teaching to a private o


“Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his Mother, ‘Behold this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted, and you yourself a sword shall pierce, so that the thoughts of many hea


Some moments, in retrospect, decided everything. When the two most towering minds and influential thinkers in the history of Western Christianity, Augustine and Aquinas, neither of whom knew Greek, the language of the New Testament, came to the con


With regard to violence the New Testament bears a powerful witness that is both univocal and pervasive for it is integrally related to the heart of the kerygma and to God’s fundamental purpose…None of the New Testament witness makes any sense unl


Since Jesus cannot be detached from His teachings and still be the Jesus of the Gospels, can the teachings of Jesus be detached from Jesus and still be His teachings? Are Jesus’  statements “Love your enemies,” or “turn the o


“As a mundane proverb “Turn the other cheek” is simply bad advice. Such action makes sense only if the God and Father of Jesus Christ actually is the ultimate judge of the world and if his will for his people is definitely revealed in Jesus


Faith in the Jesus of the Gospels as “the Messiah, the Christ, the Son of the living God,” the Word of God “made flesh,” “Lord,” “God” and “Savior” is faith, it is not logically derived or e


John Dominic Crossan (b.1934) is an Irish-American New Testament scholar, historian of early Christianity and former Catholic priest, who has written twenty-eight books both scholarly and popular. Crossan is a major scholar in contemporary histo


A Pledge Every Bishop, Priest and Minister Should Make to Jesus “I cannot and therefore will not use my ministry to bless, sanction or support any war.“ -Composed by Rev.John Haynes Holmes (1879-1964) “It is admirable to denounce war in

FAST FOOD: Eighth Helping (2016)

“As I reviewed my past history, I perceived that I had drunk in this idea of the impracticability of Jesus’ teaching of non-resistance with my mother’s milk, and the rest of my life after, only confirmed me in this strange error. How was it tha

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34th ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE July 1-August 9    FAST FOOD: SEVENTH HELPING (2016) What does a bishop, priest or minister think he or she is doing by creating a Church that does not teach by word and deed what Jesus


34th ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE July 1-August 9    FAST FOOD: SIXTH HELPING (2016) One thing the institutional Church must do, if it wants to be a Church that is an extension of Christ Jesus in time and space, is to r


34th ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE July 1-August 9    FAST FOOD: FIFTH HELPING (2016) One cannot separate Jesus from the Christ or speak of a `Jesus of history’ who would differ from the ‘Christ of faith’…Christ


34th ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE July 1-August 9    FAST FOOD: FOURTH HELPING (2016) Dear Charlie, We have a new pastor in our parish and a group of parishioners have approached him asking him to put the American flag


34th ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE July 1-August 9    FAST FOOD: THIRD HELPING (2016) If someone does not choose a particular means, it is because he or she sees no hope in it for achieving what they wish to achieve in t


34th ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE July 1-August 9    FAST FOOD: SECOND HELPING (2016) “The natural flight of the human mind is not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope,” insightfully writes Samue


34th ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE July 1-August 9    FAST FOOD: FIRST HELPING (2016) If Jesus did not reject any type of violence for any purpose, then we know nothing of Him. -Rev. John L. McKenzie, Catholic Biblical S

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Enjoy! Ponder! The Real Santa Claus and the Real Christmas!!

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Jesus of Nazareth is the Incarnation of God. Jesus is Nonviolent because God is Nonviolent. There is no separation or contradiction among Father, Son and Holy Spirit, only perfect simplicity and unity. God is One. The Will of the Father is the Will o

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Fast Food (2015): Fortieth Helping

Jesus teaches that, No one is good except God alone, (Mk 10:16; Lk 18:19). Knowledge of God for the Christian is therefore intrinsically moral and transformative. A morally good act is achieved only in communion with God, that is, a person is good on

Fast Food (2015): Thirty-Ninth Helping

“Don’t you, who believe in nonviolence, see you have a job to do for the world, not only for a family circle, a college or a denomination? The universe is God’s. We don’t have to “prove” God to anyone, nor to justify the ways of God a

Fast Food (2015): Thirty-Eighth Helping

“Nonviolence does not work unless it is part of your very being, grafted on to your personality by struggle, pain, and self-giving love. It cannot be used as a policy, as a temporary expedient, or merely as one out of several weapons lying read

Fast Food (2015): Thirty-Seventh Helping

Fast Food (2015): Thirty-Seventh Helping   A Christian doing a Christlike merciful deed in one situation does not morally justify or morally ratify a Christian doing evil in another situation in order to be able to bring about another merciful deed.

Fast Food (2015): Thirty-Sixth Helping

Fast Food (2015): Thirty-Sixth Helping ​Violent Constantinian Christianity from day one, October 28, 312, has been a Tattoo Christianity, skin deep with a pagan heart.** Today among the bishops, priests, ministers and pastors of most of the Chri

Fast Food (2015): Thirty-Fifth Helping

  In the translation of St. Mark’s Gospel, which Canon Pym made for the unlearned modern, one finds a new phrase on the lips of Jesus. The disciples have lamentably failed, in public too, to effect a cure on the boy who was brought to them in

Fast Food (2015): Thirty-Fourth Helping

The Christian conscientious objector would rather give up his faith than make a convenience of it, putting it on and taking it off like a cloak, according to the direction the winds of worldly expedience are blowing at the moment. He foresees that al

Fast Food (2015): Thirty Third Helping

Because you are going to be bombarded with it and with its consequences, it is probably somewhat important to know that there has been in Western Christianity a movement, beginning around the beginning of the twentieth century, to translate the Sixth

Fast Food (2015): Thirty Second Helping

As noted in Fast Food Helping Thirty-One, the Christian’s interpretation of the Ten Commandments must be governed by the Eleventh Commandment, the “new commandment” of  Jesus, the Messiah and the Word of God Incarnate. He is the

Fast Food (2015): Thirty-First Helping

For the Christian there are eleven Commandments, not ten. A word must be added to the Decalogue (Greek: deka ten + logos word, δέκα λόγοι), the Ten Commandments, and that word is the new Commandment of the Word God “made flesh:” “I

Fast Food (2015): Thirtieth Helping

“If we wish to create a lasting peace, we must begin with the children.” -Mahatma Gandhi “If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millston

 Fast Food(2015): Twenty-Ninth Helping

“If we wish to create a lasting peace, we must begin with the children.” -Mahatma Gandhi “Young men are not natural soldiers any more than they’re natural carpenters or accountants. It’s a trade that almost anybody can l

Fast Food (2015): Twenty-Eight Helping

A Christian friend of the writer relates how he went to military training camp after being drafted in 1917 or 1918 with the intention of accepting some form of noncombatant service. As a Christian he had always been taught, however, that warfare and

Fast Food (2015): Twenty-Seventh Helping

It was inevitable that a people [Anabaptists/Mennonite], who took the Scriptures as seriously as these people did, would come to believe in the doctrine of nonresistance. They made no attempt to rationalize the teachings of Christ; they engaged in no

Fast Food (2015): Twenty-Sixth Helping

​ ​Both are made of the same stuff, right? The wealth of one is justified by the wealth of the other, right? The violence of one is validated by the violence of the other, right? The wealth of one is protected by the violence of the other, right

FAST FOOD (2015): Twenty-Fifth Helping

​ ​ “War is the creation of individuals, not of nations.” -Sir Patrick Hasting,1948 Wars: Rich people decide to initiate them and profit from them. Poor and middle class people kill and die in them. That’s fact, not opinion! “Rich

Fast Food (2015): Twenty -Fourth Helping

Military service consists in killing our neighbor, and preparing for that. God has forbidden us to kill, in His Law as in the Gospel. And His commandment, illuminated and confirmed by the Gospel, has infinitely more weight and authority than all th

Fast Food (2015): Twenty-Third Helping

​ This is the original front cover of Mark Twain’s book, King Leopold’s Soliloquy.  The cover is a caricature of the supposed vision Constantine had of a cross with the words, By this sign you shall conquer, beneath it. First published i

Fast Food (2015): Twenty-Second Helping

“Military involvement can find no place in the teaching of Jesus. War is a complete and pitiless break with Jesus’ teaching. The time-honored acceptance by Christians of military cruelty is one of the decisive causes of today’s barbari

Fast Food (2015): Twenty-First Helping

Fast Food (2015): Twenty-First Helping ​ SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD (Mt 9:36; Mk 6:34) “Woe to the shepherds who are destroying the sheep of My pasture!” declares the LORD (Jer 23:1)

Fast Food (2015): Twentieth Helping

Since war itself is the most extreme form of terrorism,  a war on terrorism is profoundly self-contradictory.                                                                                            

Fast Food (2015) : Nineteenth Helping

The Kingdom of God in Matthew offers a vision of a community of discipleship characterized by a “higher righteousness”—a community free of anger, lust, falsehood, and violence. The transcendence of violence through loving the enemy is the most

Fast Food (2015): Eighteenth Helping

“Do not think yourself better because you burn up friends and enemies with long-range missiles without ever seeing what you have done.”  –The Commandant of Auschwitz speaking in Thomas Merton’s poem, Chant to be Used in Processions A

Fast Food (2015): Seventeenth Helping

​Mercy requires non-cooperation with the merciless. Holiness requires non-cooperation with the anti-holy.                                                                                              

Fast Food (2015): Sixteenth Helping

​“Whatever you do unto the least of one of these brothers and sisters of mine, you do unto me.” (Mt 25:31-46) For the Christian, the atomic bomb was a Christ-killer. Indeed all weapons are either Christ-killers or intended Christ-killers. A gun

Fast Food(2015): Fifteenth Helping 

Divine Image To Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love All pray in their distress; And to these virtues of delight Return their thankfulness. For Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love Is God, our father dear, And Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love Is Man, his child and care.

Fast Food (2015): Fourteenth Helping

“If I had asked people what they wanted they would have said a faster horse.” -Henry Ford If God asked most Israelites of old, or most Jews, Christians or Muslims today what they wanted, their answer would be more secular, political, coercive pow

Fast Food (2015):Thirteenth Helping

 He who has conquered 10,000 others has only created 10,000 enemies. -Buddha If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief leg

Fast Food (2015): Twelfth Helping

The Church is commissioned to teach the morality of the Gospel, which is the moral revolution of Christian love. The New Testament reduces all morality to the commandment of love. This implies no commission to teach philosophical morality, although m

Fast Food (2015): Eleventh Helping

  It cannot be stressed too much: love of enemies has, for our time, become the litmus test of authentic Christian faith. Commitment to justice, liberation, or the overthrow of oppression is not enough, for all too often the means used have brou

Fast Food (2015): Tenth Helping

“Sooner or later Christians will have to learn that violence of any kind as a response to violence of any kind cannot be reconciled with the teachings or the example given them by the One they claim to follow.”                 

Fast Food (2015): Ninth Helping

In Light of Jesus’ first word  in His public ministry, “metanoia ” (Mt 4:17) “repent, change your mind,” in Light of His “new commandment: love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 13:34)  and in Light

Fast Food (2015): Eight Helping

he longevity of a Christian practice does not validate this practice as an ultimate norm for the Christian life. The ultimate norm of Christian life has to be Jesus, His words and His deeds—and if He is not the standard against which everything and

Fast Food (2015): Seventh Helping

“For Saint Paul holiness—indeed life itself—is identification with Christ, which is not mere imitation of Jesus or acceptance of His teachings. Let Paul writing to the Philippians (2:1-11) say what this meant to him: you must think like Chr

Fast Food (2015): Sixth Helping

No one is so lacking in talent or education or so underprivileged that the mind of Christ is beyond his or her grasp. -Rev. John L. McKenzie, Catholic Biblical Scholar, Source

Fast Food (2015): Fifth Helping

Christians need falsifications of both the past and the present to make their lives as Christian Just War Theory supporters morally, spiritually and psychologically bearable. Selective memory, which remembers only the triumphs and glories of the pow

Fast Food (2015): Fourth Helping

Despite Jesus’ rejection of Mars, the war-god is not at a loss. He hides for a while, skillfully puts on an attractive disguise, and penetrates into the Church of Christ. Christians go on chanting their Savior’s praises and victory, without r

Fast Food (2015): Second Helping

“Anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity. It is the fruit of unanswered questions. But questions cannot go unanswered unless they first be asked. So there is a far worse anxiety, a far worse insecurity, which comes from being afraid to ask

Fast Food (2015): Third Helping

I am always surprised to see how readily most Christians assume the permanent disappearance of certain forms and spirits of paganism, as personified by the ancient pagan deities. A glance through the history of Christian literature will show plentifu

FAST FOOD (2015):  First Helping

“Most people cannot accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and whic


Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, June 29, AD 2015   “Let’s not forget the pope has plenty of armed guards.” So reads the headline in response to Pope Francis saying that Christians should not be in the business of manufacturing weap

Hiroshima Hymn – My Name is George Zabelka by Peter Kearney

Now I am an old man, soon to meet my God My journey here is almost at an end. But before the journey’s over there’s one place I must go Can’t get into heaven till I face up to my hell. My name is George Zabelka, an ordinary man And