FAST FOOD 2018: First Helping

FAST FOOD 2018: First Helping Jesus then asked His disciple the most radical question in the Gospels: “Who do people say I am—no, who do you say I am?” Everything in Christianity, everything in our lives, in fact, depends on the answer we give

FAST FOOD (2018): Second Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Second Helping   Christians frequently think that the question of non-resistance to evil is an invented question, a question which it is possible to circumvent. It is, however, a question which life itself puts before all people an

FAST FOOD (2018): Third Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Third Helping Since Christian Just War Theory cannot be found in Jesus teachings, the question is, “Why didn’t Jesus include a just war theory or even a justified violence teaching as part of His Way? Did He not know about w

FAST FOOD (2018): Fourth Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Fourth Helping   If you don’t want answers, you don’t ask the questions. “The majority of men do not think in order to know the truth, but in order to assure themselves that the life that they lead, and which is agreeable

FAST FOOD (2018): Fifth Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Fifth Helping Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your

FAST FOOD (2018): Sixth Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Sixth Helping   “No Christian theologian or writer prior to Constantine justified killing or Christian participation in the military.” The Early Church on Killing —Ronald J. Sider, PhD (History, Yale)   The Christian

FAST FOOD (2018): Seventh Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Seventh Helping The Post-Constantinian theological lavishing of concentration of interest upon the physical death of Jesus vitiates, by intentional de-emphasis, all of the salvific teachings of Jesus that precede His death. The pre-

FAST FOOD (2018): Eighth Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Eighth Helping Unconditional faith in Jesus as the Messiah precedes His teaching of unconditional Nonviolent Love of all under all circumstances—whether they be friends or enemies. How could unconditional faith in Jesus as God’s

FAST FOOD (2018): Ninth Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Ninth Helping We are disciples of Jesus who commanded us to, “Love your enemies.” It is governments that kill their enemies. We are disciples of Jesus who commanded us, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate

FAST FOOD (2018): Tenth Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Tenth Helping “If we know anything at all about the words of Jesus, we know that he was not indifferent to human pain. Fear of compromising his divinity has often kept Christians from seeing how deeply human pain entered into his

FAST FOOD (2018): Eleventh Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Eleventh Helping As I have often noted, the first word out of Jesus mouth in His public ministry is repent. The Greek word He employs and that is translated into English as repent is metanoia, which means “change your mind.”

FAST FOOD (2018): Twelfth Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Twelfth Helping “Nonviolence is not one among other behavioral implications that can be drawn from the gospel but is integral to the shape of Christian conviction.[True or False?] Indeed, nonviolence is not just one implication am

FAST FOOD (2018): Thirteenth Helping     

FAST FOOD (2018): Thirteenth Helping   Guilt      Written By Albrecht Haushofer as he awaited execution     as an anti-fascist resister in Nazi Germany     The burden of my guilt before the law     weighs light upon my shoulders; to

FAST FOOD (2018): Fourteenth Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Fourteenth Helping A Concise Ten Minutes on Gospel Nonviolence:               The Gift of Nonviolence time_continue=27&v=95sMSpqoSa8

FAST FOOD (2018): Fifteenth Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Fifteenth Helping   A Concise Ten Minutes on Gospel Nonviolence:           Putting on the Mind of Christ

FAST FOOD (2018): Sixteenth Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Sixteenth Helping   A Concise Ten Minutes on Gospel Nonviolence:         The Place of Trust in Nonviolence time_continue=30&v=Kn62xR0nQOo

FAST FOOD (2018): Seventeenth Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Seventeenth Helping A Concise Ten Minutes on Gospel Nonviolence:                Resurrection Ethics time_continue=105&v=ejyU5Wjrhc o

FAST FOOD (2018): Eighteenth Helping

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FAST FOOD (2018): Nineteenth Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Nineteenth Helping A Concise Ten Minutes on Gospel Nonviolence:            History and Conscience time_continue=23&v=FFRqUDD-wmk

FAST FOOD (2018): Twentieth Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Twentieth Helping A Concise Ten Minutes on Gospel Nonviolence:                           Truth time_continue=30&v=7iok9V3nTxs

FAST FOOD (2018): Twenty-First Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Twenty-First Helping A Concise Ten Minutes on Gospel Nonviolence:                 The Church and War time_continue=34&v=bo4lhfJa_Cc

FAST FOOD (2018): Twenty-Second Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Twenty-Second Helping   A Concise Ten Minutes on Gospel Nonviolence:               Post Constantinian Christianity time_continue=35&v=MOQ4JAdz0Ag

FAST FOOD (2018): Twenty-Third Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Twenty-Third Helping A Concise Ten Minutes of Gospel Nonviolence:       The Problem of Religious Self-Deception time_continue=21&v=EwI1idPIHkc

FAST FOOD (2018): Twenty-Fourth Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Twenty-Fourth Helping A Concise Ten Minutes on Gospel Nonviolence:             The Culpable Conscience. time_continue=26&v=OyDEDwZkgR4

FAST FOOD (2018): Twenty-Fifth Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Twenty-Fifth Helping A Concise Ten Minutes on Gospel Nonviolence: The Logic of an Illusion: Christian Just War Theory time_continue=18&v=-TN91zcHnsE

FAST FOOD (2018): Twenty-Sixth Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Twenty-Sixth Helping A Concise Ten Minutes on Gospel Nonviolence: Effectiveness time_continue=25&v=-ebieLANxoc

FAST FOOD (2018): Twenty-Seventh Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Twenty-Seventh Helping   A Concise Ten Minutes on Gospel Nonviolence:          The Mystery of Jesus and His Way. time_continue=35&v=31DxOoE4pnA

FAST FOOD (2018): Twenty-Eighth Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Twenty-Eighth Helping A Concise Ten Minutes on Gospel Nonviolence:               Resurrection of the Dead time_continue=21&v=hlRFKtwTRRc

FAST FOOD (2018): Twenty-Ninth Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Twenty-Ninth Helping A Concise Ten Minutes on Gospel Nonviolence:                          Real Hope time_continue=30&v=YhuswMhpBI8

FAST FOOD (2018): Thirtieth Helping

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FAST FOOD (2018): Thirty-First Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Thirty-First Helping The most shocking fact about war is that its victims and its instruments are individual human beings, and that these individual beings are condemned by their nurturing in the monstrous traditions of politics to

FAST FOOD (2018): Thirty-Second Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Thirty-Second Helping Is Jesus just filling in time for 33 years until the stage is set for the only important event of His earthly life, namely, His death? Did He have anything essential to communicate about salvation and the Way t

FAST FOOD (2018): Thirty-Third Helping

FAST FOOD (2018): Thirty-Third Helping The Bishops of the Church claim to teach with moral certitude that Jesus’ teachings of love of enemies and the rejection of violence are just unrealistic thoughts of His, which need not to be taken too ser


FAST FOOD (2018): Thirty-Fourth Helping   Our Heroes? If a war is unjust according to Christian Just War Theory norms, then the killing in that war is unjust. The unjust killing of a human being is murder. Men and women who participate in killing pe


How does this Christian child  ​  become this Christian man? 90% of the casualties of modern war are civilians. “Patterns in conflict: Civilians are Now the Target” ​”How can we bridge the enormous intellectual


FAST FOOD (2018): Thirty-Sixth Helping A sword in the hand of a Christian is a sure sign of an unchristlike violent mind and a violent person. But a Christian does not become nonviolent merely by throwing the sword away. Gospel Nonviolence, the Nonvi


FAST FOOD (2018): Thirty-Seventh Helping Belief in a cruel god makes for a cruel man or woman. If god can be cruel to one person god can be cruel to you. No one loves a person he or she fear. No one love a god whom he or she fears. You can safely ass


FAST FOOD (2018): Thirty-Eighth Helping   A Concise Memo on Gospel Nonviolence for Daily Reference**   “Only God is good.” Only by conforming one’s will to the will of God is good possible for a human being. “God is love.


FAST FOOD (2018): Thirty-Ninth Helping Theatre of the Absurd The Final Act in Constantinian Christianity’s Tragicomedy, “Christian Just War Theory.” -Emmanuel Charles McCarthy All Fast Food Helpings are available at this URL: http:/


FAST FOOD (2018): Fortieth Helping The  1700 Year Old History of Violence Justifying Constantinian Christianity: The physical, moral and spiritual fratricidal destruction of the Body of Christ and desecration of Temples of the Holy Spirit   &n


  ​ “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


The Christian Military Chaplaincy: An Orwellian Ministry. Part One  A Ministry of the Ministry of Truth   Friends, July 29, 2016 is the anniversary of the U.S. Military Chaplaincy. There will be, indeed there already has been, a parade of kudos in


“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


From Catholc News Service (Length 5 minutes) More videos on the Christian Military Chaplaincy are forthcoming. -Emmanuel Charles McCarthy


The deceptive and destructive core of the Christian just war doctrine can be stated very simply. It is the claim that wars, or at least some wars, and all the killing and destruction they entail, are good and right, even virtuous and meritorious, ple


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


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

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)