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)
*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.