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August 09, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Fortieth Helping

1942: Saint Edith Stein is gassed to death by Christians, including Catholics, at Auschwitz.

1943: Blessed Franz Jagerstatter is beheaded by Christians, including Catholics, in Berlin.

1945: The oldest and largest Catholic community in Japan is slaughtered by an atomic bomb dropped by Christians, including Catholics, on Nagasaki.

Thou Shalt Not Be Aware

Gordon Zahn writes in his 1964 seminal biography on now Blessed Franz Jagerstatter, In Solitary Witness, “Johannes Ude, perhaps the most controversial of Catholic pacifists with whose writings Jagerstatter could have—but apparently did not—come into contact, held a position arguing from the Fifth Commandment, not only for the abolishment of all forms of capital punishment and war. He had authored a flood of articles over a period of more than fifty years.” Ude like Jagerstatter was an Austrian Catholic. Yet, Jagerstatter never knew about or was told about Ude, by the Catholic bishop and priests who pastorally ministered to him during his life and death, moral and spiritual ordeal! There could not have been an Austrian bishop or priest who did not know of Ude in 1943. So why were Ude’s writings, which were laser-like pertinent to Jagerstatter’s eternal life and death pastoral needs and struggle, intentionally concealed from him, kept from him, not given to him? Why? Is not the salvation of souls supposed to be the supreme law of the Church?

It is my experience that generally speaking most bishops and most priests are contemptuous of Jesus’ teaching in the Gospels of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies—although few of them have ever systematically studied the history, theology and spirituality of this teaching. They know they have to give this teaching begrudging lip service, since try as they have over the centuries they cannot alter the meaning of the plain words written on the pages of the Gospels. Bare minimal acknowledgement, at most, is all that the overwhelming majority of bishops and priests—and I suspect most ministers in most Churches—give to this Divine teaching. Their contempt shows its sneering face in such smirking and condescending, patronizing and haughty language as, “That’s just naive;” “You do what you want, but I am a Catholic and I follow the just war theory;” “That is just utopian thinking;” “That’s unrealistic;” “That’s fantasy and we are living in the real world;” “Come back to see me when you want to be a Catholic again;” “Jesus never said anything about war;” or as one German bishop said about the priests in Dachau, “They are martyrs to their own stupidity.”

The English philosopher, Herbert Spencer, wrote, “There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance—that principle is contempt prior to investigation.” My experience over fifty years of pondering, studying, teaching, discussing, lecturing on and praying over the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospels and His Way of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies is that the principle of contempt prior to investigation reigns supreme in the institutional Catholic Church in relation to the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospels and His Way of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies from the first day of education in a Catholic grammar school or religious education class to the last day of education in a Catholic seminary. Bishops, priests and religious education teachers want nothing to do with it, even if the words supporting it are in black and white on the pages of the Gospels and shine through the life and teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Their wanting nothing to do with it is rooted in their contempt—contempt prior to investigation. It is contempt that finds its source in an intentionally structured indoctrination process that guarantees ignorance on the subject. This brainwashing masquerading as education in the truth of the Gospels leaves the average Catholic, including the average Catholic bishop and priest, with an infantile or absurd understanding of the Nonviolent Jesus and His Way of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies. The cognitive and emotional intensity of this non-education or this mis-education or this anti-education in Gospel Nonviolence is so thoroughly nurtured that any person, whether he or she be a pub dweller or a pope, would find it almost impossible not to regard it contemptuously.

Great is the power of steady misrepresentation,” reads one of the two endnotes to each FAST FOOD (2017) Helping. Intentional misrepresentation is a lie and is therefore evil. The steady misrepresentation of Jesus’ teaching of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies over the centuries is evil; indeed it is gravely evil, because this is the teaching of God Incarnate Himself. But, lies have desired purposes, and unforeseen consequences. Once the GMO mustard seed of pagan just war theory is extracted from Stoicism and artificially forced into the mustard seed of the Kingdom of God by Constantine, Ambrose, Augustine, Aquinas and their disciples, moral, spiritual and theological genetic mutation after genetic mutation takes place. The hideous end result of these ever multiplying mutations justifying violence and enmity is August 9, where Catholic bishops, priests and soldiers think they are doing their Christian duty by gassing a nun to death, by decapitating a Christian who refuses to kill and by destroying 40,000 people, mostly Christians, in nine seconds with an atomic bomb.

Franz Jagerstatter was not told by his Austrian Catholic bishop and the Catholic priests, who were supposed to be caring for his immortal soul, about Johannes Ude and his “flood of writings,” because as it says in the second endnote, which accompanied this year’s FAST FOOD Helpings, “A person can neither evaluate as true or false, nor choose to live, an idea that he or she has never heard.” Bishops and priests wanted Jagerstatter to join the military. They wanted their homicidal violence brand of Christianity and Catholicism verified by Jagerstatter going into the army, by Franz’s life choice and witness. They withheld information and writings that would have help him clarify his thoughts on what he was doing and strengthen his conscience in the rightness of his decision—even though these writing were completely in conformity with the Catholic Tradition (capital “T”). They betrayed him. They refused to help him when they had the materials available for him to clarify his thought with the help of a highly educated Austrian Catholic priest—Johannes Ude—in good standing in the Church. That Franz Jagerstatter discerned the truth of the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospels and His Nonviolent Way without any immediate human spiritual help is a miracle. He began by denying the justice of Germany’s war but while prayerfully pondering the Gospels in the dire situation in which he found himself, his conscience directed him to fully embrace Jesus’ teachings of nonviolence and love of enemies. As Gordon Zahn writes toward the conclusion of In Solitary Witness,

"The evidence is overwhelming that Jagerstatter did accept the basic premises upon which the pacifist alternative—that is, the theory and practice of nonviolence—is based. He told his cellmate that as a Christian he preferred to do his fighting with the word of God, and not by force of arms. Similarly, his prison statement specifically declares that we need no rifles or pistols for our battle, but, instead, spiritual weapons. His all but final injunction of his prison statement is in the same vein: ‘Let us love our enemies, bless those who curse us, and pray for those who persecute us. For love will conquer and endure for all eternity."

Very, very, very few Catholics in Austria, Germany, the U.S., England, Italy, France, etc. could write this, yesterday or today, after a lifetime of being cleverly indoctrinated in an intense contempt for the very teachings of Jesus that Franz Jagerstatter saw as the truth of God and for which he was willing to die rather than live in contradiction to them.

The situation in life of those Catholics and Christians who murdered Blessed Franz Jagerstatter, who murdered St. Edith Stein and who murdered 40,000 of their fellow Baptized members of the Body of Christ in Nagasaki was similar to Jagerstater’s in the beginning when they were drafted to kill people for God and Country. They had been intentionally denied by the leadership of the Church reasonable access to understanding ideas in the Gospels they were entitled to know by their Baptism and membership in the Church. But in their case, unlike the case of Franz Jagerstatter, they could not discern any other option but to kill people upon the orders of some other human being. Such remains the case to this very minute in the worldwide institutional Catholic Church and most other Christian Churches. Almost universally Catholics and most Christians are structurally and systematically denied an informed comprehension of the Gospels’ teaching on the Nonviolent Jesus and the Way of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies. And, the consequences of this intentional, self-serving, partial presentation, or better non-presentation of Jesus’ teaching of nonviolence and love of enemies in the Gospels are also universally the same to this minute as they were on August 9 in Berlin, Auschwitz and Nagasaki.

Thou Shalt Not Be Aware is the planned program by bishops and priests of intentionally withholding knowledge of the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospels and His Way of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies from Franz Jagerstatter and from all ordinary Catholics. This is knowledge that every Catholic has an inalienable right to by Baptism. The Thou Shalt Not Be Aware strategy and curriculum is not only morally deceitful but is also spiritually despicable. It has left the Church a shell of what it could be for humanity as an extension of the power and wisdom Christ in time and space. This is so because the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, operates through everyone in the Church, not just the pope and bishops. Whether or not the intentional and systematic holding back from the Baptized Gospel ideas and understandings that are part of the Christian Tradition since day-one and that the Baptized have a right to and need for is “the sin against the Holy Spirit,”the unforgiveable sin” (Mt 12:31-32; Lk 12:10) I do not know. What I do know is, it is wicked.

But, this episcopal scheme of steady misrepresentation of a teaching of Jesus that Jesus says is to be obeyed (Mt 28:20) has its purpose. Its goal is to undermine freedom of thought, freedom of evaluation, freedom of choice in conformity with an accurately informed Gospel-based conscience. The Thou Shalt Not Be Aware game plan of the bishops is intended to create uninformed consciousnesses and consciences, which will necessitate that Christians make their choices without all the information they are entitled to and need to make an honest and authentically human and Christian discernment and decision. The institutional Church leaders makes an enormous effort year-in-year-out, century-in-century-out to assure that for Catholics and other Christians Jesus’ teaching in the Gospels of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies is a non-thought or such an absurd thought that no high school sophomore would consider it sane in the so-called “real” world. Catholic bishops and priests are committed to constructing an institutional Church in which the uninformed consciences of congregants make choices that are consistent with the interests of the rulers of the institution, who almost to a man, from the rising of the sun to its setting, are inveterate pushers of just war moralities, and for whom Thou Shalt Assure the Survival of the Institution is highest operational priority. Thou Shalt Not Be Aware is meant to serve this prime operational objective. “Survival” in this instance being grounded in being in the “good graces” of the wealthy, the politically powerful and the military.

Fifty years ago, Thomas Merton in a little gem of a book, Faith and Violence, wrote:

The real crimes of modern war are committed not at the front but in the war offices and ministries of defense in which no one ever has to see blood unless his secretary get a nosebleed. But our antiquated theology myopically focuses on individual violence alone and fails to see this. It blesses and canonizes the antiseptic violence of corporately organized murder because it is respectable, efficient, clean, and above all profitable.”

To this list of the people and organizations that “commit the real crimes of modern war,” I would add the Chancery Offices, the National Conferences of Bishops and the Vatican. For to morally justify an evil, either explicitly or by a silence, is to promote and foster that evil, i.e., the crimes of mass murder in which the war offices and the corporate offices are engaged. It is to be morally complicit in murder—and murder does not become any less murder because it is mass murder and approved by Trump, Obama, Bush, Clinton or their libido dominandi fellow travelers across the planet.

Franz Jagerstatter, Edith Stein and the Christians of Nagasaki, and billions like them are the universal murdered and maimed victims of this long-standing Thou Shalt Not Be Aware policy and strategy of the Church as much as they are the universal victims of the moguls and militaries of this world that continuously initiate and profit from war. The purpose of this Fast and these FAST FOOD Helpings is to introduce something as old and as new as God’s mind, God’s heart and God’s will into the individual Christians mind, heart and will—whether he or she be pub-dweller or pope—and through individual Christians who will persevere in communication this suppressed truth of Jesus give the institutional Church a new mind, a new heart and a new will, and hence a new Way, Christ-God’s Way, of responding to and vanquishing the diabolical phenomena of violence and enmity in the human condition.

How many times should a Christian communicate to his or her bishop, priest, minister and fellow member of the Body of Christ that Jesus is Nonviolent and teaches a Way of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies? Seven times? Seventy times? No, seventy times seven times! But do not be deceived, the teachings of Jesus that hierarchs and cleric hold in contempt and that most members of most Churches hold in contempt will be met with the same level of ferocious resistance that the Pharisees, Sadducees and Temple priests, who also held Jesus’ teachings in contempt, mounted when Jesus first proclaimed them as His Way, as well as, the Way of His Father and Our Father who art in heaven.

At the end of his biography on Franz Jagerstatter, Gordon Zahn writes:

As far as this peasant knew, the choice he made would pass unnoticed by the world and would completely fade from human memory with the passing of the handful of people who knew him personally…For the very fact that none would notice or be likely to be affected by what he did serves to reduce the issue to the individual and his conscience in silent and inner confrontation with God…He stood alone and knew there was nothing else for him to do but bear his solitary witness.

Walk Alone

—Tagore—

If they answer not to thy call walk alone,
If they are afraid and cower mutely facing the wall,
O thou unlucky one,
open thy mind and speak out alone.
If they turn away, and desert you when crossing the wilderness,
O thou unlucky one,
trample the thorns under thy tread,
and along the blood-lined track travel alone.
If they do not hold up the light when the night is troubled with storm,
O thou unlucky one,
with the thunder flame of pain ignite thy own heart
and let it burn alone.

—Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

* Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.

* A person can neither evaluate as true or false, nor choose to live, an idea that he or she has never heard.


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August 08, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Thirty-Ninth Helping

It depends entirely on the conviction of the individual whether he is a child of peace or is paving the way for war. Christ confirms this: 'What goes into the mouth does not make anyone unclean; it is what comes out of the mouth that makes someone unclean ... Whatever comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and it is this that makes someone unclean. For from the heart come evil intentions: murder, adultery, fornication, theft, perjury and slander (Matt 15:11, 18-20). Man is not born with his convictions. They are learned and acquired. Ultimately, peace is a matter of education. Therefore, parents and teachers are obligated to present their convictions to young children. They should not depict war as heroic because murder and destruction are not heroic, nor should our young people be trained to be enthusiastic about war, but rather about the peace Christ desires.

Desperate human beings, both clergy and laymen—as if they were possessed—make every effort to defend war and military training. The root cause of war cannot be found in the few 15 or 20 puppeteers who wage war but in the accepted mentality, the habitual thought patterns, and hollow slogans, which without proof are taken as Gospel truth even by Christians. These established, even “sacred,” thought patterns are the most dangerous and disastrous instruments of war. This poisonous gas not only numbs the brains of the masses but even reduces to blind submissiveness scholars and theologians who are supposed to guide the people. Over the course of time, the poisonous gas of these soul-destroying thought patterns has also invaded the inner sanctum of the Christian proclamation of the Word. But the name of Christ is ‘Prince of Peace’ not ‘commander in chief.’ Christ is the ‘Prince of Peace’, not the commander of armies.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

* Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.

* A person can neither evaluate as true or false, nor choose to live, an idea that he or she has never heard.


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August 07, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Thirty-Eighth Helping

"Peace is tranquility in good order” [Tranquillitas Ordinis]. If we are to have peace, the life of each individual and of society has to be morally ordered, because what is not morally right can never be economically and politically right, nor right in any other way. Order has to reign in the heart of the individual, in social and political life, and in international relations. Therefore, peace is the result of observing the moral order, which comes from abiding by the commandments of Christ's Sermon on the Mount, which is the spirit contained in the ‘Our Father.’

A certain Jesuit priest stated at a meeting of aristocrats in Vienna during the World War: “In the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ Jesus did not speak as a casuist but as an orator; and, therefore, His rhetorical exaggerations have to be reduced to their due proportions.”  For us the teachings of the “Sermon on the Mount” are strictly obligatory commandments, not a rhetorical feat, not an oratorical exercise, and even less “rhetorical exaggerations” to be “reduced to their due proportions.”  Such impudence has to be rejected as a most serious insult of the Son of God.  As if we paltry humans had the right to censure Christ.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

Tranquillitas Ordinis, the tranquility of order, as the definition of peace was first brought into the Church by Augustine in his City of God: “The peace of all things is the tranquility of order.” About a thousand years later it is employed by Aquinas as the philosophical cornerstone on which he builds his just war theory. The Roman Catholic Church still employs it today as an approach to justify its just war position as can be seen in George Weigel book, Tranquillitas Ordinis. However, the Achilles’ heal of the Tranquillitas Ordinis justification of war for Christians is succinctly stated in Church historian, Dr. Ronald James Sider’s critique of Weigel book: “It is astounding that George Weigel in his book justifying war, Tranquilitas Ordinis,  begins his commentary on the heritage of Catholic thought on war and peace with St. Augustine—thus ignoring the first three centuries.” This ignoring of the first three centuries of Christianity, which is the usual approach of those who employ the Tranquillitas Ordinis approach to justifying Christian participation in war, morally invalidates it from the start, since to use Sider’s unequivocal words from his prior historical work, The Early Church and Killing, "No Christian theologian or writer prior to Constantine  justified killing or Christian participation in the military.” Ude knew well the Tranquillitas Ordinis Catholicjustification for participation in war, which is why he addressed it head on by noting that “peace is the result of observing the moral order,” but this “comes from abiding by the commandments of Christ's Sermon on the Mount.”

COMMENTARY in The New American Bible, Imprimatur, 1991. The Official English language translation of the Roman Catholic Church.
“Mt 28:20: ‘teach them to obey all that I have commanded you’ refers to the moral teaching found in this Gospel, preeminently that of the Sermon on the Mount (chap. 5-7). The commandments of Jesus are the standard of Christian conduct, not the Mosaic law, except as some of the Mosaic commandments have been invested with the authority of Jesus.”

—Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

* Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.

* A person can neither evaluate as true or false, nor choose to live, an idea that he or she has never heard.


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August 06, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Thirty-Seventh Helping

August 6: A Day of Repentance for Scientists and a Day of Prayer for their Victims

Every person possesses free will and can choose between violence and nonviolence, but each individual is personally responsible for his choice. Every citizen who works for an armament company shares in the guilt of war, that is, in the guilt for mass murder and destruction that he helped to prepare with his work. Therefore, if people freely do that which leads to war, they will have war; but if they do not want war, they have to choose the path Christ taught, namely the path of nonviolence, which acts out of love.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

Fact:

August 6, 1890, Auburn, NY: Thomas Edison’s electric chair is employed for the first time to kill one human being.

Fact:

August 6, 1945, Hiroshima, Japan: J. Robert Oppenheimer’s atomic bomb is employed for the first time to kill 100,000 human beings.

An especially grave example of a category of people who “share in the guilt of the mass murder and destruction” of war is “the best and the brightest” of the scientific world. Because they are well paid and culturally respected for their mathematical and scientific learning, a basin of water is given to them by both Church and state to wash away all their responsibility for the consequences of their choices. But like the ladies of Hotel Street in Honolulu they sell themselves to the military, the armaments companies and the governments that will give them money and perks for the use—not of their bodies—but of their brains. What happens as a result of them selling their native intelligence and hard earned knowledge of mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics to the war industry, they see as no concern of theirs. As the lyrics from a Tom Lehrer song go:

“Once the rockets are up
who cares where they come down,
that’s not my department,”
says Wernher von Braun.

Wernher von Braun was the Lutheran Nazi, who was the brains behind the creation of the V 2 rocket, the world’s first long range guided ballistic missile, created at Peenemünde Army Research Center near Wolgast in Germany. The “V” stands for Vergeltungswaffe, vengeance weapon. Von Braun is the Nazi counterpart of J. Robert Oppenheimer, an American Jew, who was the brains behind the creation of the first atomic bomb at Los Alamos, NM. But von Braun and Oppenheimer are but the poster boys, the symbolic tip of the “best and the brightest” destructive iceberg of scientists who have sold their brains to Mars for thirty pieces of silver. Indeed the man or woman who works on the assembly line in an armaments factory “shares,” as Johannas Ude states, “the guilt for mass murder and destruction that he helped to prepare with his work.” But the Christians who are “kept” scientists, who serve Mars and Mammon rather than Jesus, by selling their God-given scientific talents to figure out how to rip open wounds rather than heal wounds, are more gravely complicit in the mass murder and destruction of war than the assembly line worker. In a July 1966 interview in Life Magazine a U.S. pilot who was bombing the people of Vietnam said,

We sure are pleased with those backroom boys at Dow. [the scientists] The original napalm product wasn’t so hot. If the gooks were quick they could scrape it off. So the boys at DOW figured out how to add polystyrene and white phosphorous to the napalm. Now they cannot scrape it off and just one drop of it is enough. It will keep burning right down to the bone so they die anyway from phosphorous poisoning.”

It goes without saying that the bishops of the Catholic Church and of other Christian Churches are complicit by their silence as members of their Churches, who are scientists, employ the talent that Jesus, the Logos of God, gave them to work on ways to deal misery and death rather than mercy and life to human beings.

Do the science “boys in the backroom” at Dow in Michigan, at Los Alamos in New Mexico, at Peenemünde in Germany and at the thousands of other scientific high-tech research operation—whose primary objective is the development of ever more lethal and sophisticate apparatuses for destroying human beings—have any responsibility in time or in eternity before humanity and the Son of Man for the excruciating pain they bring into the lives of those human beings who are the victims of their learned homicidal work? Are life, free will and choice so morally irrelevant, vacuous, vapid and trivial that the scientific brains, behind the electric chair the V2 rocket, the atomic bomb and untold numbers of other gadgets of human destruction, can find peace in their souls and justification before the Son of Man by appealing to:

“Once the rockets are up
who cares where they come down,
that’s not my department,”
says Wernher von Braun?

This is homicide by scientists.

Dear Enemy

And, it does have the Church's Imprimatur.

—Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

* Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.

* A person can neither evaluate as true or false, nor choose to live, an idea that he or she has never heard.


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August 05, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Thirty-Sixth Helping

The foundation for peace consists of what will cause a merciful last judgment, as described in Matthew 25:31-46.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

* Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.

* A person can neither evaluate as true or false, nor choose to live, an idea that he or she has never heard.


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August 04, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Thirty-Fifth Helping

Poor Jesus! Today there is no room for you and your teaching in the world. What if you returned today and proclaimed in public assemblies and from pulpits, "all who draw the sword will die by the sword" (Matt 26:52), insisted that all who call themselves Christians should keep your law of nonviolence, and demanded that we should respond only with love to violence and unjust attacks, that is, that we conquer evil—the real enemy—only with good? Jesus, if you were to come and publicly demand this, you would be considered a fool, forbidden to preach, judged to be a traitor and imprisoned, or most likely killed.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

Poor Jesus! Today there is no room for you and your teaching in the Church.

—Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

* Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.

* A person can neither evaluate as true or false, nor choose to live, an idea that he or she has never heard.


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August 03, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Thirty-Fourth Helping

Only he can talk about an 'armed peace' who does not believe that Christ's commands are right and will triumph. A forced peace built on planned murder and destruction, on robbery and subjugation, produces only hate among the conquered people and calls forth the desire for revenge by those on whom such a peace has been forced. One merely needs to be the stronger to achieve this 'peace of pretense.' Therefore, we have the relentless arms race. But where the peace of Christ reigns there can be no war, not even if the stronger attacks a disciple of Christ to subdue him, because whoever follows His example does not return violence for violence. The mission of the leaders in the Church of Christ, as well as of the faithful in their care, is to prepare the peace. This means that they should teach nonviolence and train their faithful to boycott war, which is the embodiment of the most brutal use of violence. They should also endorse conscientious objection as a duty of love. If only the leaders of the Churches finally would come to understand this and have the courage to outlaw war in the name of Christ!  But they remain silent.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

* Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.

* A person can neither evaluate as true or false, nor choose to live, an idea that he or she has never heard.


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August 02, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Thirty-Third Helping

Wars are repeatedly proposed and induced by a few ambitious men. Even the most inveterate supporter of war and the most dimwitted citizen by now has to realize how wars are made and who benefits from them. The laboring population has to sacrifice body, life, and possessions on command from above; and at the conclusion of the war the people inherit misery while the capitalists, victorious autocrats, and elites enjoy the gigantic returns of their profitable, bloody business.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

The institutional Church does its very best to help the capitalists, autocrats and the elites hide this truth from its members and to fosters the myth that a nation makes war and not a few men driven by the lust for power and/or wealth. Of course such capitalists, autocrats and elites are now and always have been the financial backbone of the "just war" institutional Church. So while Church leaders, the bishops, squash the truth not only of the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospels and His Way of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies, but also, of the cause and the realities of war, Christian sons and daughters of Christian mothers and fathers perish in the muck and mire of battlefields by the millions, while attempting to kill other human beings. And what of the sons and daughters of the capitalists, the autocrats and the elites? They simply continue to sun bathe on Gibraltar, attend the finest universities in the U.S. and Europe or party away the night at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo. When asked in a New York Times interview after World War II, how the cliental of the Hotel de Paris differed during the war from what it was before the war and is after the war, the maître d' said, "Not much."

—Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

* Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.

* A person can neither evaluate as true or false, nor choose to live, an idea that he or she has never heard.


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August 01, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Thirty-Second Helping

What is this glorified “heroism” of war really like? Outdoors in the dirt, in the slaughter fields, plowed up by exploding bullets, are mountains of dismembered bodies of the fallen “heroes.” Millions bled to death and breathed their last in excruciating pain, lonely and abandoned, torn to pieces, covered with rubble, mutilated, gassed. Some were “fortunate” enough to be thrown together into mass graves and covered with dirt, as is done with carrion. The bodies of other hundreds of thousands of these “heroes” are decomposing unburied, their odor polluting the air. Hundreds of thousands of others of these “heroes” ended up on the bottom of the ocean or became food for fish while others died of hunger, froze to death, or died in prison camps, far from their homeland and their loved ones. In the hinterland, fathers and mothers, women and children are grieving inconsolably for all of these “heroes” who lost their lives so wretchedly for “nation and fatherland,” and whose deaths, for “Führer and fatherland are announced in the newspapers “in proud sorrow.”

Still other millions of these glorified “heroes” returned as wretched cripples, without a hand or a foot, many blind, others with jaws shot to pieces, all sick or disabled for the rest of their lives. They are living witnesses to a “glorious victory” or an “unfortunate defeat.”

What glorious “heroism” in which death, agony, crime, rape, murder, destruction, horror and brutalities of every kind play the leading role! And such heroism is celebrated and decorated. Oh, you poor, abused and deluded war “heroes!”

However, since we are discussing heroism, we have to call those conscientious objectors heroes, who, convinced that it is never permitted to kill, even on the highest command, were shot as “traitors” of the fatherland. By their example, they demonstrate that human beings have free will and that under no circumstances, not even on the highest command, may one do what is immoral, regardless of the consequences. God has to be obeyed more than man. Therefore, no soldier may excuse the atrocities he committed by saying that he was commanded to do so.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

* Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.

* A person can neither evaluate as true or false, nor choose to live, an idea that he or she has never heard.


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July 31, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Thirty-First Helping

Mothers you have given birth to your sons so that they might love and not hate, build and not destroy-not bring misery and a curse upon the world but work cooperatively to enable every person to have a dignified existence. You have not given birth to your sons for war, for employing violence, but so that they might participate in the important work of bring people God’s peace. Mothers, these your sons whose hands you fold, teach to pray the "Our Father" on their knees, are then on the cold command of international capitalism forced by a few power politicians and profit-hungry men to be always prepared to murder on their command and to sacrifice their life for them. Mothers! Don't you know what our Lord commands? "You shall not, you may not kill" commands Christ the Lord. International capital and international leaders, however, command, "Your sons must kill and sacrifice their lives if we wish and order it:' And even the Churches administer the oath by which your sons swear to the heavens that they will blindly kill on command. But, don't you know that you must obey God more than human beings? Don’t you know that we all are and should be brothers and sisters of a loving Father who is in heaven, who lets the sun rise on the good and the bad, and rain fall on the just and unjust, and who teaches all, whatever their nationality, to pray, "Our Father.” Therefore, regardless of what men who flirt with violence and military preparedness may say and order, Mothers must shout: "Never.”

Of course, there are women who want to place the entire women's world into the service of war. Nazi Reich Women's Leader, Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, in her Mothers’ Day speech, titled, “You Are the Support of the Fatherland,” asserted:

Mothers are giving life twice. Once when as young women they give birth, and today when they continue to sacrifice life, doing both for their fatherland. They are giving their sons for a newly created Europe, just as they once bore their own pains for Germany. However, what they are sacrificing today is incomparably harder than the labor pains they once suffered because at the end of that pain there was a life they could hold, while today the mother is left empty-handed and has to console herself that there is something greater behind those empty hands, namely, the supra-personal life of her nation! The ultimate meaning of this war and the heroic struggle of our men and brothers is to guarantee the existence of our nation for eternity. There is no other way for a nation to secure its eternal existence than the commitment of its mothers and soldiers with their own blood.”

We Christian conscientious objectors now ask German women and mothers: According to Frau Scholtz-Klink's exacting demand, do you really want to bring children into the world so that your sons can bleed to death in horrible pain on the battlefield, while those children who are still too young for the front are destroyed by bombs? Do you really believe that this guarantees the eternal existence of our nation?

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

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July 30, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Thirtieth Helping

In ordinary life one often hears the expression: “This does not concern me.” With these words, Christians try to dismiss any blame or responsibility for something or an event, e.g., war, mass starvation, etc. These and similar statements prove that Christians are not thinking rationally because a thoughtful person will conclude that everything that happens in the world concerns every single human being and that all of our actions—even our most secret thoughts and all that is our duty to do but we omit to do—in time will take on an importance beyond the purely personal. In other words: Everything that we do or fail to do affects our society because, according to God’s plan, the entire universe is a unified entity into which every being fits and has thousands upon thousands of connections. Every one of our thoughts, words and actions are significant first to the immediate surroundings in which we live. Every one of us, also, influences the larger environment either positively or negatively. Whatever we do or omit to do draws wider and wider circles, just like a stone tossed into a lake. This is how every person makes history. Long after we are gone, everything we did, either good or bad, continues to have repercussions, and over time ever wider radiating consequences.

Parents give their very young children war toys and thus poison their gentle souls with the notion of the most brutal violence and prepare them for the “heroism” of war? Is not the goal of the so-called pre-military education of youths, that the entire population embraces or ignores, to make them willing to fight in war? Do not our schools and churches and the press make the “soldier ideal,” that is the constant willingness to murder and destroy, appear as something extremely desirable and as the noblest profession a man can have? When we ponder that in all schools in the world children are already inoculated with the spirit of war, then we understand that the ideas of military readiness, war, and “heroism” have literally corroded the minds of all of humanity and prepared the nations of the world to institute universal military service by which the entire world has been transformed into a perpetual war camp. It is pure hypocrisy if any country waging war says it is not responsible for the war. If today children—immature boys—are armed with toy daggers and gun as is the practice, it indicates a total incapacity to provide youth with a proper Christian moral education. Any Christian who says, “This does not concern me,” should immediately search his conscience.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

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July 29, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Twenty-Ninth Helping

Lies and violence characterize the spirit of our era. The objective of the world, which God condemned, is to satisfy people’s lust for pleasure and power at the cost of others. Let us not be deceived: The politics of all of our so-called civilized states is godless and unchristian and, therefore, centered on war, not on peace. Why do all nations establish such extensive and expensive espionage agencies all over the world if not to search out the weakness of their opponents and to cleverly use them in war? Above all, there are the deceitful and hypocritical intrigues of diplomats everywhere—which cannot be condemned enough. As hirelings of some form of interest capitalism they have to see to it that high mountains of inflammatory material, often disseminated everywhere by an irresponsible and bribable press, is ignited here or there as needed. Cleverly, they make sure that there are scapegoats to blame for the outbreak of the war, if in no other way than by barefaced lies. All the commandments, which Christ asked His disciples to obey, are aimed to conquer this spirit of the world.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

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July 28, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Twenty-Eight Helping

Nowhere does Christ teach, ‘If you desire peace, prepare for war.’ Had He been an advocate of military training, conscription or war, Jesus would have taught this, at least by way of suggestion. There is no doubt that Christ desires peace and that He says no word anywhere about war, armaments, and violent self-defense. It is also certain that His words and example condemn the pagan principle ‘If you want peace, prepare for war.’ Or does peace exist where day and night murder and destruction are schemed and preparation for and war made? We have to learn first the words of Christ, and we do not learn these from the Codex juris canonici [Code of Canon Law] nor from moral treatises and dogmas.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

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July 27, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Twenty-Seventh Helping

We have to ask how can violence be compatible with the clear and unambiguous commands of Christ, which everyone can readily understand when hearing them for the first time? Who dares to contend in face of these Divine instructions, which are so clear and to be taken literally, that armaments and war are compatible with Christianity? We can only derive one truth from these commands: Christianity, armaments and war are incompatible. To be armed for war means to be ready at all times to meet the attacker with violence, to harm the enemy and, if need be, to kill him.

At the very least, we Christians must demand that the Christian Churches, including the Catholic Church, clear up the contradictions we observe between Christ’s Gospel and the views, teaching and conduct of their spiritual leaders.…(Again), we already know—without asking the teaching authority—that two contradicting teachings cannot be true at the same time.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

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July 26, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Twenty-Sixth Helping

Wherever we look there is nothing but contradictions, which are simply unbearable for an honest person striving for truth and weigh heavily on Christian consciences.

If any Christian peace organization is to be fruitful and successful, its members, have to confront, above all, the contradiction in which those Christians find themselves who, on one hand, preach the Gospel with its teaching of love of enemies and, on the other hand, believe that violent self-defense, armaments, war, and military training are compatible with Christianity. That the world condemned by Christ, justifies armaments and war and by these measures hopes to achieve peace, should not surprise us. That many of those who call themselves Christians defend the world with armaments in the hope that they will bring peace is an intolerable contradiction.
We already—without asking the teaching authority—that two contradicting teachings cannot be true at the same time. Either Jesus and His Gospel are right, and then we have to reject armaments, war, violent self-defense, military obligation, military training and serving as soldiers as unchristian; or armaments, war, violent self-defense, and military obligation are morally permissible. These are contradictory positions. A Christian Church, which tolerates such contradictions, throws in the sponge and gives up all claim to being Christian.

You may proclaim all you wish
The glory of war and its heroes.
But keep still about your Christianity,
Preached out of the mouths of cannons.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

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July 25, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Twenty-Fifth Helping

“Christ wants to heal, not to rip wounds open.” 

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

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July 24, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Twenty-Fourth Helping

The armaments firms fan the politics of war and persuade their own countries to pursue war politics and to increase their armaments. At home and abroad the armaments industries spread false information about the army and navy programs of various countries in order to drive up military expenditures. By controlling their own as well as foreign newspapers the armaments firms influence public opinion. They organize international rings, which fostered an armaments competition by playing off one country against another. All of today’s wars are, first of all, calculated, systematically organized business ventures of the international, collaborating capital of the whole world. The exploitative capitalistic economy which has given rise to unspeakable crimes and brutalities such as the world has never before experienced to this extent is a main cause of wars and a constant danger to peace.

Because of the capitalistic economy, humanity is divided into two large camps, into two classes, the exploited and the exploiters, regardless of whether the exploiters are private persons, privately owned companies, or states. Therefore, on one side we have economic deprivation, great misery and inhumane conditions because of lack of means necessary for a dignified life; and, on the other side, we have an accumulation of huge riches which are used to further exploit the laborers. The capitalistic economy is nothing but an economy based on interest. Capital extorts interest, which is usury—profit without work—that the capitalist takes from the people. However, he who is exploiting another may not at the same time insist that he is seeking peace or is following Christ.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

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July 23, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Twenty-Third Helping

The facts prove that times of war are times of the worst immorality and extensive infection with sexual and other diseases which are extremely harmful to human beings and have long term consequences. During war prostitution thrives. But even in peacetime, military life is a constant source and opportunity for young people, both officers and enlisted men, to stray morally in various ways, and it is a school for perversities. This nadir is being fostered especially by brothels and prostitutes, who are carefully looked after and regulated by the state.

The two women prostitutes who make up the entire personnel of a public house (Gasthausstr 2) explained that they are unable to satisfy the great number of military visitors who swamp the house. The women explained that, they are unable to grant the military more than 20 visits a day (ten for each regiment). This establishment, however, strictly observes Sunday rest.

The documents show that the measures taken by military authorities during war were “shamelessly promoting whoring on a large scale.” It cannot be called anything else.

This is a photo of U.S. soldiers, sailors and marines lining up for sex with prostitutes at a brothel on Hotel Street, Honolulu, a short distance from Pearl Harbor. The Hotel Street houses of prostitution or “three-minute bull pens” as they were called in 1941 could handle up to 1500 men per hour. The Honolulu Police Commission, which was composed solely of the leading white citizens of Honolulu called the prostitutes “Peacekeepers,” because they “kept the predominantly lower-class white soldiers and sailors, and the dark skinned, away from seducing and raping the island's respectable women.” For most of the war Hawaii was under martial law and ruled by a military governor, Lt. General Delos Carleton Emmons. He believed, that while prostitution was always illegal in Hawaii, maintaining a don’t-ask, don’t-tell attitude towards Hotel Street “was important to military morale and maintaining a manly spirit among the boys.”

This is not solely the problem of Germany and the U.S. It has been well known that large scale prostitution and war have gone hand in hand ever since the details of war have been presented in recorded history. Tens of thousands of French prostitutes were called the “hidden army” during World War I. In fact, the French military directly and legally operated hundreds of brothels around military encampments in foreign lands and in France beginning in 1915. The last brothel operated by the French military shut down in 1995! The government of South Korea is presently being sued by women, who when young girls, were indoctrinated/brainwashed into believing it was their patriotic duty to serve their country by serving as prostitutes to American soldiers who were fighting for their country. Pick the war, pick the side, pick the country, pick the military and the story is the same.

The early Church bishops and writers consistently gave the enticement to sexual debauchery, which Christians were exposed to in the military, as one of the reasons Christians could not enter the military. Today it is difficult to find a bishop or Christian writer who cares about the issue, let alone publicly addresses it. In our Catholic schools in the U.S. we teach the realities, the lies and the myths about Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7, 1941. If as the Church holds, the “Supreme law of the Church is the salvation of souls,” why do we say nothing about Hotel Street on Saturday, December 6, 1941? Could it be that in the institutional Church the salvation of immortal souls de facto takes second place operationally to the earthly economic and political salvation of the institutional Church?

—Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

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July 22, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Twenty-Second Helping

We are deeply convinced that all churches, starting with the Catholic Church, instead of supporting the right of violent self-defense and the right to wage war, have to forbid their members to fight in wars and to defend themselves with weapons or any kind because these are incompatible with Christianity.

We have to make a decision. Either we are for canons and renounce Christianity, or we are for Christianity and renounce canons: violent self-defense, military preparations, and war. Either we are for an “armed peace,” for military preparations and the use of violence, but then we may not call ourselves Christians. Or, we want to be true Christians. But then we have to profess nonviolence and forego violent self-defense.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

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July 21, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Twenty-First Helping

Renouncing the use of violence against an assailant is the essence of Christianity which makes love a duty for all human beings. However, this is not cowardice. On the contrary, it takes heroic courage to stand up against a world bristling with weapons and to prefer to suffer humiliation and death instead of harming others by violence. Only Christian love originating from God makes such heroic courage possible.

If the disciple of Christ is treated violently and has to give 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 of the earth through love. Whoever acts in accord with this is a true hero.
Christian soldiers, however, are celebrated as heroes; the horror of killing is decorated with the halo of “martyrdom for God, for Kaiser, for the people, and for the fatherland,” and epic poems ensure that glorious heroic deeds are not forgotten. The enormous lie that, “It is sweet to die for the fatherland, used since prehistoric times, continues to be employed today in many forms. 

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

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July 20, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Twentieth Helping

While this is almost incomprehensible to a person with a strictly secular outlook, it is the true Christian viewpoint. A Christian should submit to an attack without any use of violence. This is Christ’s clear command and permits no interpretations, no limitations, no “if” or “but” or “to that extent.”

Christ does not grant a right of violent self-defense either to an individual or to a group. The same applies to both because a mass attack is merely the sum of individual attacks. Not even the most worthy goal can justify war, violent self-defense, training, arming, and preparing for war because these glaringly contradict the commandment to love one’s neighbor, especially the obligation to love one’s enemy. Whatever contradicts the teaching of Christ is immoral, or someone would have to prove to me beyond a doubt that Christ recommended self-defense with violence.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

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July 19, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Nineteenth Helping

FAST FOOD (2017): Nineteenth Helping

In compliance with the will of her Founder, the church of Christ is a social institution that is founded absolutely on total nonviolence. Therefore, a follower of Christ may never resort to violence nor believe that violence serves the interests of the kingdom of God. In every situation, the weapon of the true Christian is and remains, in compliance with the teaching and example of Christ, solely total nonviolence which acts through love and is love’s crowning achievement. Even the enemy is not excluded from the loving actions of the servant of Christ. Therefore, no true Christian who lives by the love of God and, therefore, practices love of neighbor may make him or herself available to commit acts of violence, such as occur during every war. The mission of the leaders in the Church of Christ, as well as of the faithful in their care, is to prepare the peace. This means that they should teach nonviolence and train their faithful to boycott war, which is the embodiment of the most brutal use of violence.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

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July 18, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Eighteenth Helping

All moral-political issues always come down to who is to suffer—and why.

—Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

In the death of Christ on the cross is revealed the divine mystery of sacrifice, the profundity and glory of the kingdom of God compared with all the glitter of the world. He (Christ) knows with what means God conquers evil and death as compared with the means used by the kingdom of the world: By drinking one’s cup and accepting the baptism by blood. This means that one does not practice violence or pay back injustice with injustice but by suffering and sacrificial love he transforms evil into good, the curse into a blessing, hate into love, death into life; by not baptizing others with blood shed by the sword but by taking upon oneself the baptism of blood—even if it isn’t the actual blood of the heart. The freely accepted cross of love is the eternal condemnation of violence. It is the turning point of history. Whoever proclaims one’s allegiance to the cross condemns the world and its perpetual sermon on justified violence.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

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July 17, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Seventeenth Helping

On whose side is Christ?  On the side of the archbishops of Bologna and Trent, who gave their gold rings and pectoral crosses to support Mussolini who had attacked a poor nation, Abyssinia, with tanks and aerial bombs, and among other things, alleged that he was doing this in order to bring this nation the blessings of Christian culture? Or is Christ on the side of the young man without a professed religion, Gössler of Kärnten, who on March 5, l937, pointing out the commandment, “You shall not kill,” refused military service and was sentenced to three months of prison, having to fast one day a month and to sleep on a hard surface for two days a month, and after having served his time, he once more refused to serve in the military, would be imprisoned between five and ten years?  Is Christ on the side of all the conscientious objectors who were shot because of their refusal, or is He on the side of the officials who ordered the death sentence and defended their actions as morally justified?

Is Christ on the side of the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romnano, which on February 1937, in the name of Christianity, called upon the nations to take part in an armed intervention against the republican troops in Spain? Is Christ on the side of the archbishop of Santiago and Compostella who tried to prove that General Franco’s war is a just, religious war of defense and asked the people of his diocese to pray for the victory of Franco’s weapons. Or is Christ on the side of people who condemn as unchristian the violence of both the Republicans of the Second Spanish Republic as well as Franco’s Nationalists and Falangists?

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

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July 16, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Sixteenth Helping

As deputy of the Lord of love and trustee of His teaching, the Pope should avoid everything that in the eyes of the world even has the slightest appearance that militarism with tis brutal use of violence is sacred and pleasing to God and is absolutely necessary because it is approved of, tolerated and practiced by most Christians. We believe that Christ’s deputy never needs a sword in order to carry out the mission entrusted to him by Christ and to bring about the peace of Christ in His Kingdom.

Pax vobis—peace be with you—should always be on the lips of the deputy of Christ. How peculiar to hear these works from him who is surrounded by military units with the latest killing equipment because everyone who seems this will automatically think of the slogan, “If you want peace, be armed.” However, if the Pope as Christ’s representative on earth advocates, “if you want peace, prepare for peace by works of peace,” why then, on the most sacred occasions, have a military cohort and displays of murder weapons?

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

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July 15, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Fifteenth Helping

Here we would like to point to an ancient custom in the Vatican that we believe should be discontinued, namely the Papal Guard which includes the Guard of Nobles, the Swiss Guard, the Palace Honor Guard, and the Papal Gendarmerie. During festive occasions these guards put on a military show. For example, when a pope declares a new saint, they march to St. Peter’s Basilica under military command and in colorful uniforms, with helmets and revolvers, spears and lances, rattling sabers and modern rifles. They are usually greeted by frenetic applause by the multitude of Italians and pilgrims from all over the world. It is impossible to imagine our Divine Lord in such a military procession.

The Pope, who represents Christ on earth, should abolish all military pageantry which bring to mind killing and destruction, using Christ’s words to Peter, “Put your sword back, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. (Matt 26:52). For no murder weapons are needed to make known the great message of love, including love of one’s enemy. On the contrary, wherever murder weapons are carried and armies raised and trained, it automatically brings to mind that these weapons are not merely toys but, if necessary, can be used to kill and destroy.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

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July 14, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Fourteenth Helping

There always have been and always will be Christian conscientious objectors, honorable human beings, witnesses with the Christian courage of martyrs, who emphatically preach the great commandment of love and nonviolence to a world fallen away from Christ. They alone are the true heroes because they have an unreserved trust in the ultimate triumph of these commandments which Christ made obligatory.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

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July 13, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Thirteenth Helping

In defiance of a world bristling with weapons, we have to be prepared to give our life, if necessary, in order to demonstrate the love, whose source is God, openly before the whole world because to be a Christian means to be a witness to and if need be, a martyr for that love. Thanks be to God!

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

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July 12, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Twelfth Helping

Whoever is for war may not take shelter behind the claim of espousing a “humane” conduct of war, as do all Christian moral philosophers and theologians who support “just defensive” war. We have to agree with the Japanese Minister Yukio Ozaki who acknowledges frankly in this book, Japan at the Crossroad:

“The victory desired is achieved quickly if one demoralizes and destroys the enemy by ruthlessly killing and smashing to pieces all civilians, old or young, man or woman, the old man or the child. It is absurd to discuss whether the use of poison gas, bacteria, and air attacks on unfortified cities should be prohibited. As long as there are wars, no one can prevent these methods, for, obviously, the most effective weapons to achieve the end desired will be used whether they are prohibited or not.”

If the supporters of war, in order to demonstrate how “Christian” they are, demand that war be waged humanely and form organizations, which object to the various horrors of war, these people are playing a ludicrous, not to say, a childish role. Wars are fought with every, even the cruelest, method in order to achieve their ends or in order to totally destroy the enemy as soon as possible. Every war is the opposite of love, and each war is brutal. If I support war, then I also support the cruelties committed. However, as a Christian, I may not commit even the smallest brutality. A Christian has to be a conscientious objector.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

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July 11, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Eleventh Helping

The Catholic military-vicar proclaimed Christ’s teachings, according to the Grazer Volksblatt of September 6, 1936, in an address in which he extolled the status of soldiers as a glorious and God pleasing profession, stating, “Military leaders are committed to the principle: Our hearts beat for God. Our fists beat on the enemy.”

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

Does any episcopal military-vicar or any military chaplain teach any other “gospel” than this ugly anti-Gospel “gospel”? Behind all the “holy,” pious and euphemistic theological rhetoric does any Christian Just War bishop, priest, minister or theologian teach anything other than this? Is this—“Our hearts beat for God. Our fists beat on the enemy”—not the de facto moral and spiritual teaching of all Christian just warists from popes to patriarchs to bishops to pastors to congregants in all denominations of mainline Christianity since the Constantinian radical moral alteration of the institutional Church?

—Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

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July 10, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Tenth Helping

We emphasize that a true Christian has no right to violent self-defense, to train for war, or to serve as a soldier because all of these are a flagrant contradiction of Christ’s teachings about love—especially love of the enemy—which He and His Apostles so often emphasized. An irreconcilable contradiction exists between what is generally taught in the Catholic Church about violent self-defense, training and arming to fight, and the “just defensive war” and Jesus’ commands of love of neighbor and enemy, as we see in the Gospels, the letters of the Apostles and in the lives of the early Christians who refused to go to war.

If the question of violent self-defense were simply about what is natural to animals, man being an animal, it would be fruitless to deny to someone, who considers only the natural and not the supernatural, the right to violently defend himself. However, we have to view this as a supernatural issue, that is, from a Christian perspective, because humanity does not live only in state of nature but also in a state of redemption made possible by Christ. As Christians, we have to consult revelation if we do not want to err, but the advocates of violent self-defense are greatly embarrassed when we ask them to support their views with the Gospels.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

* Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.

* A person can neither evaluate as true or false, nor choose to live, an idea that he or she has never heard.


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July 09, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Ninth Helping

We emphasize that a true Christian has no right to violent self-defense, to train for war, or to serve as a soldier because all of these are a flagrant contradiction of Christ’s teaching about love, especially love of the enemy, which He and His Apostles so often emphasized. An irreconcilable contradiction exists between what is generally taught in the Catholic Church about violent self-defense, training and arming to fight, and the “just defensive war” and Jesus’ commands of love of neighbor and enemy, as we see in the Gospels, the letters of the Apostles and in the lives of the early Christians who refused to go to war.

If the question of violent self-defense were simply about what is natural to animals, man being an animal, it would be fruitless to deny to someone, who considers only the natural and not the supernatural, the right to violently defend himself. However, we have to view this as a supernatural issue, that is, from a Christian perspective, because humanity does not live only in state of nature but also in a state of redemption made possible by Christ. As Christians, we have to consult revelation if we do not want to err, but the advocates of violent self-defense are greatly embarrassed when we ask them to support their views with the Gospels.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

* Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.

* A person can neither evaluate as true or false, nor choose to live, an idea that he or she has never heard.


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July 08, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Eighth Helping

In relationship to the phenomenon of human violence against humans, practically all bishops, priests, ministers, deacons and religious education teachers are followers not of Jesus but of Teddy Roosevelt and his ilk, whose moral orientation revolves around the principle, “Speak softly, but carry a big stick.” Again, thats not opinion, that’s verifiable fact. They live, breath, preach and pray, “Si vis pacem, para bellum” (If you want peace, prepare for war). When they speak about peace their default position is never “Love you enemies unto death as Jesus loved His enemies unto death and taught His Apostles and disciples to love their enemies unto death.” It is rather a disquisition on how many rocks, or missiles of other types, it is morally acceptable for Christians to possess to throw at their enemies—how big the big stick can be and still be following God’s will as revealed by Jesus. Most Christians in most Churches, Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant, are quite content to have their bishops, priests, ministers, deacons and religious education teachers be followers of Teddy Roosevelt rather than Jesus. In fact, most Christians of all ranks think what Teddy Roosevelt taught and lived is what Jesus taught and lived, or at least it is not contradictory to what Jesus taught and lived. The operational axiom by which they live is not “Jesus I trust in you, but rather “Teddy ‘Big Stick’ I trust in you. It never enters their Christian minds that carrying a big stick never entered Jesus’ mind, who when a big stick was the way Teddy Roosevelt would have gone, said, “Put up your big stick” (Mt:26:52) …“Father, if possible, let this cup pass from me, but not my will but yours be done” (Lk 22:42; Mt 26: 39).

—Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

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July 07, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Seventh Helping

How do Catholic moral theologians, priests, and laymen justify the right of violent self-defense? Are they not violating the unambiguous words of Christ and His Apostles when they declare arming and training for war to be acceptable and the “just defensive war” to be morally permissible? How can they, without contradicting themselves, teach that the great commandment to love includes all people, friend and foe, with no exceptions, and, on the other hand, judge the violence of arms, preparations for war and violent self-defense—the killing of the enemy—to be morally permissible, justified, and even a duty?

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

* A person can neither evaluate as true or false, nor choose to live, an idea that he or she has never heard.


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July 06, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Sixth Helping

How can the Christian citizens of a warring nation say that they are obeying the great commandments to love the enemy and to repay evil with good if they stab him with a bayonet, throw hand grenades at him in order to dismember him, drop tons of bombs on him out of airplanes, and mercilessly fire canons and machine guns into his ranks? And such people want to be called Christian and Catholic?

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

How can so many Catholics and Christians stand by ideally, indifferently and silently year after year as their bishops, priests and ministers teach that they are obeying the great commandments to love the enemy and to repay evil with good by stabbing him with a bayonet, throwing hand grenades at him in order to dismember him, dropping tons of bombs on him out of airplanes, and mercilessly firing canons and machine guns at him? Is following a clear teaching of Jesus of no account in the salvation process—personal and/or collective? Why does any teaching of Jesus have to be followed? Does any teaching of Jesus have any relationship to personal or universal eternal salvation? Does Jesus directly speak to that issue? Are these irrelevant issues personally and/or collectively? Just thoughts to superficially chatter about when one has nothing better to do? Or, are they at the very center of understanding why Jesus taught what He taught, lived as He lived, died as He died and was raised from the dead?

“Jesus taught that violence belongs to the Reign of Satan, and that men must expel violence if they wish to liberate themselves from the Reign of Satan…If Jesus did not reject any type of violence for any purpose, then we know nothing of him.”

New Testament Without Illusion

—Rev. John L. McKenzie (Catholic priest and Biblical scholar)

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July 05, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Fifth Helping

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, goodness, compassion, patience, and gentleness.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for theNobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

* A person can neither evaluate as true or false, nor choose to live, an idea that he or she has never heard.


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July 04, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Fourth Helping

Is the love of neighbor, whose source is God and which is commanded by Christ, present in violent self-defense or the appalling struggles of war? Are the horrors of war works of love of the enemy? Does love of neighbor guide the fighting? The apostle Paul wrote to the Romans (13:10): “Love can cause no harm to your neighbor, and so love is the fulfillment of the law,” and my Church teaches me that every person, including the enemy, is my neighbor. Therefore, I am strictly obligated in conscience to conduct myself toward every person with love in my thoughts, words, and actions. The true disciple of Christ has to forgo every form of violence; he has to be a conscientious objector, whatever the consequences.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

* A person can neither evaluate as true or false, nor choose to live, an idea that he or she has never heard.


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July 03, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Third Helping

Christian church leaders—with only a handful of exceptions—and the people whom they shepherd and who listen to them hold this view: Si vis pacem, para bellum (If you want peace, prepare for war). I searched the entire New Testament but did not find a single passage which permits violent self-defense, or, even more so, makes it a duty, or which supports armaments and war. On the contrary, I found many passages which proclaim the exact opposite of what is generally taught today in state and church.

You Shall Not Kill (1944)

—Rev. Dr. Johannes Ude (Catholic priest, holder of 5 earned doctorates, including one in theology, 26 times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, imprisoned conscientious objector in Germany in WWII)

* A person can neither evaluate as true or false, nor choose to live, an idea that he or she has never heard.


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July 02, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): Second Helping

The word sacrilege is derived from the Latin word sacrilegus, which means “stealer of sacred things.” In the Judeo-Christian tradition God is the author of life, the giver of life, the fountain of life (GN 2:7; DT 32:39; 1 SAM 2:6; JB 33:4, 10:12; AC 17:25, etc.). Life belongs to God alone. “Behold, all life belongs to Me, the life of the father as well as the life of the son” (EZ 18:4). Only God can say, “I AM.” I am because God is and gave me and every other human being existence. “The Lord giveth and taketh away.” Therefore, to kill a human being can never be a purely secular act. It is either a sacrilege—usurping what is God's right alone—or it is an act of God which God delegates to a human being, e.g., the hangman. For the Christian for whom “God is love,” and for whom the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospels is God Incarnate and the definitive revelation of God, His Will and His Way, the destruction of the life of an infinitely loved son or daughter of the “Father of all,” is always a sacrilege—an anti-God act—and never an act in conformity with the reality and will of God. God Incarnate, the Jesus of the Gospels, never delegates the right to take a human life under any circumstances to anyone who chooses to be His disciple. Christian Just War Theories, Christian Just Capital Punishment Theories, Christian Just Abortion Theories, Christian Just Inquisition Theories are all enticements to commit sacrilege. Indeed, they are Christian justifications of the evil of sacrilege—and those Christians who promote them are agents for the propagation of sacrilege, regardless of their status in the Church or in the world.

—Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

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July 01, 2017

FAST FOOD (2017): First Helping

"God is love," "ὁ Θεὸς ἀγάπη ἐστίν," is the supreme revelation of the New Testament. It is the most revolutionary truth ever to enter the human mind. The entire Christic reality is an expression of Divine Love. Since Jesus, the Messiah, the Christ, is the Incarnation of God, He can command with the ultimate authority of certain truth. Since He is God, He can only command love (agapé), love in imitation of Him, “love as I have loved you.” If the Jesus of history, the Jesus of the Gospels, totally rejects violence directed towards human beings it is because violence is absolutely incompatible with God who is love, with abiding in—with obeying and glorifying Him. Anyone inside or outside the Church that tells you anything in contradiction to this is either living in non-culpable ignorance for some reason or is lying for some reason. Violence has no place in God as revealed by Jesus. Violence has no place in the Jesus of the Gospels, in His way, in His truth and in His life. That’s not opinion. That’s fact!

—Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

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