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FAST FOOD (2017)

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)

*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.

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)

*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.

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)

*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.