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FAST FOOD (2017)

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)

*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.

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)

*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.

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)

*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.