Friday, June 6, 2008

Christian Duty and This War

"What the world expects of Christians is that Christians should speak out, loud and clear, and that they should voice their condemnation in such a way that never a doubt, never the slightest doubt, could rise in the heart of the simplest man. That they should get away from the abstraction and confront the blood-stained face history has taken on today." -- Albert Camus
I used the above, in three consecutive essays, in November. It is still at point devis. In towns and burgs throughout America, there are events of sadness and protest of this illegitimate war, now turned into an occupation, that bush junior is the author to. The corporate media, national and local, has censored this by malignant ignoring. This ignorance is then passed on to the public. When McCain or bush address the war of occupation, the media presents their words. We who want an end to it, and peace, are invisible outside of our own cognizance.

The bishops of this country may get an audience. They have not sought it. There were german clerics, some martyred, who spoke against the german war program and pogroms of the last world war. Here in bush’s America, they do not face the camps or the guillotine, and yet, they are more silent. I know of a few american priests who have spoken and written against the war. I do not know of an episcopal critic.

Robert Finn, the archbishop of Kansas City, spoke at a Republican event, advertised as Catholic, in the capital, in April. Did he speak out on this Godless war of occupation? McCain, John Roberts, bush junior, General Pace, Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio, Bishop John Smith of Trenton, New Jersey, Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington, Virginia were there. Political, military, and governmental Republicans met together. Did anyone speak of the Prince of Peace and how this country is not imitating Him, in this important regard?

It seems, that our national episcopate, are struck with bureaucratic timidity and not with prophetic courage on all the issues incumbent upon them. They are making a habit of it. Of the little latin, that, people remember from the old mass, they must remember: Pax vobiscum, and Et cum spiritu tuo.

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