August 9, 1945 AD is a day that will live in infamy in the history of the Church. On that day at 11:03 a.m., a 1700-year tradition of justified Christian savagery toward Christians reached its satanic nadir. On that day, with the explicit blessings of its Catholic and Protestant chaplains, a Christian bomber crew released the inferno of an atomic bomb on the original, oldest, and largest Christian community in Japan—Nagasaki—using as one of its target markings the largest church in Japan, the Urakami-Nagasaki Cathedral.
A few weeks after the bombing, Fr. George Zabelka, a Catholic chaplain to the 509th Composite Group, i.e., the atomic bomb crews, walked through the ruins of the Cathedral. As a remembrance, he picked from the ashes a censer top that lay in the rubble of the now-desecrated House of God. That censer, which has had the sweet spiritual fragrance of incense—as well as the stench of the smoke of atomic death—pass through its magnificently sculptured openings, is the symbol of the July 1—August 9, Annual, Forty-Day Fast for the Truth of Christian Nonviolence.