Events

FAST FOOD (2017)

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)

*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.

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)

*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.

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)

*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.