Embracing of Gospel Nonviolence
Are you ready to embrace the possibility that God is a God of Nonviolent Love?

The full embracing of Gospel Nonviolence calls for a radical alteration in thought patterns, verbal patterns, behavioral patterns, and emotional patterns. That is, it requires a completely different reality orientation and self-understanding. To a mind grounded primarily in the logic of the temporal and conditioned by a seemingly endless stream of examples in which violence is portrayed as a legitimate means of conflict resolution, the acceptance of nonviolence as truth does not come easily. There is no doubt that a significant change of mind (metanoia) is indispensable for embracing the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospel — a process which necessitates an alteration in consciousness made possible only through grace and a patterned, repetitive exposure to ideas and images consistent with the Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies as taught and lived by Jesus.

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To Teach What Jesus Taught: A Call to Fidelity

(Rev.) Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

Thoroughly enter into the depth of the issue of Gospel Nonviolence by pondering this reflection.

Eucharist Is "God's Absolute 'No' to Violence"

Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa (Preacher to the Papal Household)

The Sermon, Eucharist Is "God's Absolute 'No' to Violence," was the third in a series of weekly Lenten meditations delivered by Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, the Preacher to the Papal Household. In the sermon he states that "Christ defeated violence, not by opposing it with greater violence, but suffering it and laying bare all its injustice and uselessness." He also affirms that, "The Eucharist is the sacrament of non-violence."

A reflection on the Eucharist

(Rev.) Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

Outside of Jesus Christ, the Eucharist has no Christian meaning. Everything about it must ultimately be referenced to Him and then through Him to Abba. The same is true of the Christian life. Jesus is the ultimate norm of Christian existence; everything must be referenced to Him...

FAST FOOD (2019): Fortieth Helping

August 9 should be for all the Churches of Christianity an annual day of mourning, penance and repentance. It should be Metanoia Day, a day when all the Churches employ every Christlike means at their disposal to call Christians back from every form of Christian Just War Theory (CJWT) and call Christians to the Way of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies as proclaimed by the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospels.

On August 9, 1942, St. Edith Stein, a Christian, was killed by Christians at Auschwitz in Poland. On August 9, 1943, Blessed Franz Jagerstatter, a Christian, was killed by Christians at Brandenburg Prison in Germany. On August 9, 1945, 40,000 people, mostly Christians, were killed by an entirely Christian bomb crew dropping the Atomic Bomb on the Urakami district of Nagasaki, Japan. All of this Christian killing of Christians was done under the auspices of Christian Just War Theory—as have hundreds of millions of other killings of Christians by Christians under the umbrella of Christian Just War Theory.

The Christian Just War Theory is a moral abomination, which is permitted by the rulers and leadership of the Christian Churches to parade about the globe as a legitimate way to be a disciple of Jesus and follow Him. It is anti-Jesus and anti-His Way, regardless of the form and nomenclature into which it may morph itself in order to hide and make itself more morally palatable and attractive to followers of Jesus. CJWT deserves every Christians' and every Churches' unhesitating and unrelenting obloquy until the hour when the institutional Churches throw it back into the abyss from which is came into Christianity 1700 years ago. August 9 is a small but powerful lens through which to view the consequences of the morally corrupt and corrupting CJWT and by which to reject the temptation to ever again accept it as a way to be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ.

A fact of Church history is that the Churches and their rulers or leaders have been morally grossly negligent in protecting their members from the evil and evils of violent nationalism. If anything, the Churches almost universally have been paid pied pipers leading their people by the millions, under the patronage of Jesus, century after century, into the jaws of nationalistic dogs of war. The enticing song they play over and over to lead their people, like the proverbial lemmings, into nationalistic wars is, "We Have a Just War Theory for You."

It is important to note that of all the killing of Christians by Christians on August 9, none of it is because of a momentary eruption of intense personal anger towards someone for something he or she said or did a few seconds earlier. All the killing of Christians by Christians on August 9 is Christians killing Christians by order of a violent nationalistic government. Personal pique toward this individual Christian victim by this Christian slaughtering him or her is seldom present and never needed. The Christian killer of Christians disclosed and exposed by August 9 is just an average Christian man and woman, e.g. farmer, secretary, carpenter, etc., obediently doing the job that someone in a government assigned them to do, that is, to kill fellow Baptized Christians in the Body of Christ because they are nationalistic enemies.

So, is the Church of Jesus Christ primarily catholic or nationalistic? If there is a moral conflict between what is required of a Christian because of his or her Baptism into the Body of Christ and thereby his or her acceptance of Jesus' "new commandment" that members of His Body, i.e. the Body of Christ, "love one another as I have loved you," and what the violent nationalistic state demands, who must the Christian obey and follow?

August 9 is the perfect day for all Christians whether living in a house Church or the Vatican to ponder, to meditate and to examine one's conscience and consciousness on this most serious of moral questions for a Baptized Christian. In the end it all comes down to whether the Christian Just War Theory is logically compatible with the "sense and meaning" of Jesus' teaching by word and deed in the Gospels and can it be made operational without requiring that other moral dicta of Jesus in the Gospels be violated.

For the Christian this is not a mere philosophical question. It is a spiritual and moral question of the highest urgency, priority and consequence for all Christians—popes, bishops, priests, ministers and pastors not excluded. A truthful answer, emptied as far as possible of self-deception, is a spiritual and moral imperative for each Christian soul.

Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

Christian Just War Theory: The Logic of Deceit (Third Edition)

It has been this author’s experience for over seventy-eight years of Catholic Christian life and for over fifty years of teaching that any rigorous critique of the moral validity of Christian Just War Theory (CJWT), is not only not respected in the Churches but is actually systematically pushed out of the ordinary catechetical and pastoral ministries of the Churches.

All Things Flee Thee for Thou Fleest Me

It has been this author’s experience for over seventy-eight years of Catholic Christian life and for over fifty years of teaching that any rigorous critique of the moral validity of Christian Just War Theory (CJWT), is not only not respected in the Churches but is actually systematically pushed out of the ordinary catechetical and pastoral ministries of the Churches. All informed discussion of the possibly fundamental moral illegitimacy of CJWT is almost universally ignored in the catechesis of the Churches from pre-school to adult continuing education. Those Christians who hold economic, political, catechetical and coercive power in the Churches calculatingly and continuously...

Roger LaPorte, November 9, 1965

Roger LaPorte is long dead, long gone and long forgotten. His name, like the names of most of the non-warrior victims is not to be found on any wall of remembrance in Washington, DC, nor in any high-end television documentary. Nor, have I ever seen the slightest memento or symbol that would call to mind the non-warrior Catholic victims, home and abroad, of U.S. wars in any U.S. Catholic Church.

Roger LaPorte

Roger La Porte immolated himself on November 9, 1965, as his response to the high tech and financially profitable massacre of the people of Vietnam that the U.S. politicians and military were conducting 7200 miles from the borders of the U.S.—and to which most of the U.S. citizenry at the time were indifferent. The sacrifice of his life was his response to this wickedness and to the mass media deceit that was calculatingly covering up the daily fare of atrocities that men in the U.S. military were committing against the Vietnamese.

Voting: A Charade of Hope

“Voting is a deeply moral act for me—in rebuilding confidence and encouraging an intelligent and hope-filled society. It is also a decisive act of Christian faith that I matter, society matters, justice matters, and others matter. Not to vote is to hand our power and our dignity over to people who fear actual freedom, honest intelligence, and faith in the very goodness of humanity.”

Richard Rohr

Reclaiming Jesus But Not the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospels

It is difficult, if not impossible, to figure out which Jesus is being reclaimed in the recent much-ballyhooed document, Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis (attached below). But, what is   clear is the Jesus that the document presumes to reclaim is not the Jesus of the Gospels who was Nonviolent and who teaches a Way of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies.

Do Your Job—Parts I-XII

Bill Belichick is the most successful professional football coach by far, and his vocational approach, “My job is to be a football coach,” is humble, rational and practical. It is humble because many people, who get a mere photon or two of media, publicity start pontificating in areas outside their expertise, as if they were Aristotle, Plato or Thomas Aquinas, when in fact their expertise in what they are now pontificating on probably does not rise to the level of Joe the bartender, if that...

About (Rev.) Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

(Rev.) Emmanuel Charles McCarthy is a priest of the Eastern Rite (Byzantine) of the Catholic Church. He was formerly a lawyer, university educator and founder and original director of The Program for the Study and Practice of Nonviolent Conflict Resolution at the University of Notre Dame. He is also a co-founder of Pax Christi-USA. For over forty years he has directed educational programs and conducted spiritual retreats throughout the world on the issue of the relationship of faith and violence...