As deputy of the Lord of love and trustee of His teaching, the Pope should avoid everything that in the eyes of the world even has the slightest appearance that militarism with tis brutal use of violence is sacred and pleasing to God and is absolutely necessary because it is approved of, tolerated and practiced by most Christians. We believe that Christ’s deputy never needs a sword in order to carry out the mission entrusted to him by Christ and to bring about the peace of Christ in His Kingdom.
Pax vobis—peace be with you—should always be on the lips of the deputy of Christ. How peculiar to hear these works from him who is surrounded by military units with the latest killing equipment because everyone who seems this will automatically think of the slogan, “If you want peace, be armed.” However, if the Pope as Christ’s representative on earth advocates, “if you want peace, prepare for peace by works of peace,” why then, on the most sacred occasions, have a military cohort and displays of murder weapons?
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.