Some Guiding Reflections on the Icon of the Servant of Yahweh: Blessed Teresia Benedicta of the Cross

An icon is meant to be a manifestation of the living God. It is meant to bring forth a reverent awe of God through contemplation of his inscrutable mercy at work in the life of a person or of persons for the benefit of all humanity. To contemplate a

Franz Jagerstatter-The Refusal Transcript

This is the transcript of the video The Refusal. Blessed Franz Jägerstätter was a devout Catholic, a daily communicant who prayed the rosary while doing farm chores. Sexton of his parish church, he was married and had three children. But, on August

DOW-CIA: November 18, 1969-November 18, 2004

This document includes a letter written in November 2004, by Fr. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy to the students who were expelled from the University of Notre Dame in December of 1969 for nonviolently protesting the presence on the Notre Dame Campus of DO

The Eucharist, Sacrament of Nonviolence

Recently the Catholic Church held a Synod of the World’s Catholic Bishops in Rome (October 2-23, 2005). A World Synod is not an Ecumenical Council, but it is the most serious gathering of bishops short of that. Bishops are selected for it by th

Eucharist Is “God’s Absolute ‘No’ to Violence”

he Sermon, Eucharist Is “God’s Absolute ‘No’ to Violence,” was the third in a series of weekly Lenten meditations delivered by Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, the Preacher to the Papal Household. In the sermon he states that &

The Nonviolent Eucharistic Jesus: A Scholarly Approach

The Nonviolent Love of Jesus for both friends and enemies is historically at the heart of His passion and death, it must therefore be communicated as being ineradicably at the heart of the Eucharist…The passion narrative is about the Lamb of Go

Abortion & War

This is an up-date of a reflection written soon after Iraq War I commenced. Neither the political-religious right nor left is interested in publishing it for very different reasons. The left because it does not want to draw attention in any way to th

A True Hero of the Vietnam War

“Hero” in reference to a person, who unjustifiably kills people, serves as part of the indoctrination process for normalizing the evasion of truth, the denial of reality and the manufacturing of facts that allows those, who planned and ex

August 9: Ave Crux, Spes Unica

This homily was delivered by Fr. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy, at the close of the Forty Day Fast for the Truth of Christian Nonviolence at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City, August 9, 1997. The end of the fast commemorates the date in 1942 t


It is baffling-considering the fact that the justifications for the war currently raging in Iraq have proven to be fraudulent and that 100,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed-to know that the spiritual and moral leadership of Christian Churches in t

Blessed Are the Meek, for They Shall Inherit the Land

Homilies in the Papal Household, 2nd Lenten Sermon, March 16, 2007, in the presence Pope Benedict XVI, Posted 04/07/07 P. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFMCap (Pontifical Household Preacher) The beatitudes are a self-portrait of Jesus and thus, we should not

Christian Just War Theory or Christian Just War Fantasy

How much time needs to pass before a theory-that says the sun will rise in the West-ceases to be regarded as a theory or even as an hypothesis, and becomes self-evidently a fantasy? Is not “Christian Just War Fantasy” the accurate and tru

“Corruptio Optimi Pessima”

“Corruptio optimi pessima.” This is what Constantinian Christianity represents, is, has been for its 1600 years, and always will be so long as the Churches cling to it as their way of “being an extension of Christ in time and space.

Dead Right & Dead Wrong: Notre Dame, Obama, D’Arcy | PARTS I-IV

I wish there were a sound-bite way of presenting this material, but there isn’t. A large part of the reason that this is the case is that fixed opinions have long since been held and hardened on all sides here — Notre Dame, Bishop D’

Eulogy for Edward J. McDonough, C.Ss.R.

The Eulogy was given at the Mass of the Resurrection for Edward J. McDonough, C.Ss.R., at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Boston, Massachusetts, February 16, 2008. Fr. McDonough was perhaps the most well-known Marian healing priest in the

Fr. George Zabelka: A Military Chaplain Repents

In August of 1945 Rev. George B. Zabelka, a Catholic chaplain with the U.S. Army Air Force, was stationed on Tinian Island in the South Pacific. He was assigned to serve the Catholics of the 509th Composite Group, which was the Atomic Bomb Group. In

Franz Jägerstätter: The Man Who Chose to See

Franz Jäggerstäter, an Austrian martyr, is among the new Blessed announced by the Vatican. The life of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter was a simple life. An Austrian peasant from the village of St. Radegund, he was a devout Catholic, a daily communica

General George Patton and the Christian Churches

This reflection is a request for those Christians, who see that the Jesus of the Gospel is Nonviolent and teaches by word and deed a Way of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies, to honor their Baptismal total immersion into Christ, their Baptismal

Homily: Mass of the Resurrection for Audrey Santo

From all over the world people have journeyed to the home of Audrey Santo and have witnessed the miraculous. Perhaps they came to see consecrated communion hosts that have bled, the religious statues and pictures that have wept tears of blood or shed


The Issue: “What of Joan of Arc and Jesus’ nonviolence? She is a saint, yet she was a soldier who engaged in homicidal combat. Therefore, lethal violence on behalf of a state or king is consistent with the Way of Jesus to eternal life, is

LENT 2011

This year, Lent starts one day short of the latest date on which it can begin: Ash Wednesday falls on March 9. Lent is a word derived from the German, Lenz, and the Dutch, lente, both of which mean spring. In the West, Lent is an official part of the

Mother’s Day Proclamation: A Day of Peace, Nonviolence & Reconciliation

Take a moment to contemplate the real origins of Mother’s Day: the belief that women can create peace and justice through nonviolent love and community rooted in humanity rather than in geographical gangs. The movement to set aside a day for wo

The Nonviolent Palm Sunday and the Nonviolent Holy Week of 33 AD

Just in case your Palm Sunday and Holy Week liturgies do not communicate it clearly, or just in case your priest, minister, bishop, preacher or pastor do not tell you it from the pulpit, Palm Sunday and Holy Week are 100% about the victorious and sal

On the Revolution of Love It “Changes the World without Making a Noise”

It is thus understood that nonviolence, for Christians, is not mere tactical behavior but a person’s way of being, the attitude of one who is convinced of God’s love and power, who is not afraid to confront evil with the weapons of love a

The Passion of The Christ: A Meditation on A Film

The Passion of The Christ, produced and directed by Mr. Mel Gibson, is the single finest cinematic representation of the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospels and His Way of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies ever presented to the consciousness of huma

Pilate Lives! Boston College Washes Its Hands of the Blood of the Innocent

Can there be greater compounding of spiritual laxness for a Catholic institution than going beyond silence about the killing of over 100,000 civilians in Iraq and the maiming of hundreds of thousands more, to explicitly honoring the perpetrator of wh

Preemptive Truth: “What did they know and when did they know it?”

“He who controls the present controls the past, and he who controls the past controls the future.” 1984 (George Orwell) The intentional presentation of historical falsehoods as historical truths is the evil of lying. The use of historical

Remember: August 6

Throughout the world August 6 is rightfully remembered as the day that humanity entered into a never-before-seen form of homicidal violence-the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, August 6, 1945. Unlike the Fourth of July in the United States, Independence

Rorschach Jesus: The Ignorant Messiah

Could Jesus have been wrong and still have been the Messiah, the Christ, the Son of the living God, the Word of God, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, the Savior of the world? If Jesus is “like us in all things except sin” (Phil 2:7;

Sacerdotal Flagism

Should the Flag Be Permanently Displayed in Church Sanctuaries or Other Explicitly Christian Environments? The more zealous a person is for uniting the flag and the cross as complementary and compatible realities and symbols, the more important it is

The Sword of Peter

Christ ordered Peter to put up his sword and yet today the Vicar of Christ and the Successor of Peter possesses the oldest continually-active military corps in the world-the Papal Swiss Guard.

To Teach What Jesus Taught: A Call to Fidelity

Thoroughly enter into the depth of the issue of Gospel Nonviolence by pondering this reflection

Who is Your King? Who is Your God?

A meditation on the eternal contribution and challenge to Christianity and to humanity made by the servant of God-the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. This is the address that was delivered between five and six o’clock by Rev. Emmanuel Charles McCa

Stations of the Cross of Nonviolent Love

Download or View the full booklet here This booklet contains personally assimilable and liveable meditations on specific dimensions of Christ’s Nonviolent Love as he endures each of the 14 stations of the cross, emerging finally at 15th statio

The War in Iraq and the Requirement of Moral Certainty

Recognizing that Catholic Just War Theory as well as Catholic Moral Theology have a certain amount of practical elasticity built into them, nevertheless, this can be stretched to the moral breaking point. That point has been passed long, long ago in

Christian Just War Theory: The Logic of Deceit

Just War Theories have been around for about 2000 years. However, they did not infect Christianity until three hundred years after Jesus’ Resurrection. St. Ambrose and St. Augustine were their original carriers into the Church. However, in fair

All things flee thee for thou fleest Me

This book, which contains 11 essays written by Fr. McCarthy, is his quintessential expression of the power and the wisdom of Gospel Nonviolence. The secondary purpose of this book is to plead with the leadership of the Christian Churches to allow the

Behold the Lamb Transcript (Spanish)

Behold The Lamb y su traducción al español, Ese es el Cordero, son propiedad intelectual de Dios. Dios es verdad, fuente de toda verdad, y desea que sus criaturas — a quienes dio la capacidad de conocer la Verdad — conozcan la Verdad. T

Questions & Answers on Gospel Nonviolence

This series provides detailed and thoughtful answers to eight (8) of the most common and sometimes troubling questions raised with respect to the validity and practicality of Gospel nonviolence as a means of confronting the harsh and cruel reality of

Music with Which to Follow The Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospel and His Way of Nonviolent Love of Friends and Enemies

The titles are: Charity One Bread One Body I Believe He In The Garden Tramp on the Street Lead Kindly Light Precious Lord Take My Hand Impossible Dream Silent Night The words for the songs may be downloaded <here>.

Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

Emmanuel Charles McCarthy is a priest of the Eastern Rite (Byzantine) of the Catholic Church. He was formerly a lawyer, university educator and founder and original director of The Program for the Study and Practice of Nonviolent Conflict Resolution

Rejection of the War Against the People of Iraq

Bishop Botean states that any direct participation and support of this war against the people of Iraq is objectively grave evil, a matter of mortal sin. Beyond a reasonable doubt this war is morally incompatible with the Person and Way of Jesus Chris

Refusal to Volunteer for Military Service on the Basis of Conscience

Do you refuse on the basis of conscience to volunteer for the military? If you would like to proclaim your refusal publicly, we invite you to use our website. You may send us a letter expressing your conscientious objection, and we will periodically

Lenten Meditation on The Nonviolent Eucharist

The Sermon, Eucharist Is “God’s Absolute ‘No’ to Violence,” was the third in a series of weekly Lenten meditations delivered by Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, the Preacher to the Papal Household. In the sermon he states that

Behold the Lamb Audio (English and Spanish)

This professionally recorded retreat on the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospels and His Way of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies was given by Emmanuel Charles McCarthy at the Shrine of the Lamb in Knock, Ireland. It consists of sixteen presentations

Introduction to Bishop Botean’s Pastoral Letter on Participation/Support of the Iraqi War

In this Pastoral Letter, Bishop Botean declares to those who are actively one with him by Baptism and by faith in Christ and His Church that this war is intrinsically evil and therefore morally impermissible for them. It is the equivalent of a Church

Gospel Nonviolence: The Indispensable Truth

Thoroughly enter into the depth of the issue of Gospel Nonviolence by pondering this reflection.