Speaking of the New Oxford Review, and given the latest portentous and even apocalyptic events in Iraq, I’d like to mention the folks at NOR as being on my list of “real Catholic heroes of the Iraq War.” For years they condemned the war in no uncertain terms, even though I’m sure it alienated many of their very conservative and pro-military readers. Here’s a sample:
“Let’s be honest — and, yes, we realize that many conservative Catholics don’t want to know the unvarnished truth: It turns out that our soldiers died and suffered to set up a training ground for Islamic terrorists in Iraq. Bush has it backwards: The U.S. is creating many more terrorists in Iraq than it is eradicating.”
from What Does the Pope Know About World Affairs?
You’ll have to pay a couple bucks to read the whole article but I highly recommend it. Better yet, get a subscription.
For me personally their website was very influential because once I became acquainted with some of their powerful writings against the war, I began to explore their vast online archives on all things Catholic. They, along with others, helped to bring me back, with “a twitch upon the thread.”
“He has never been able to watch a football match from beginning to end in his life.”
Great headline via the New Oxford Review today!
Francis to face Benedict in FIFA World Cup Final
Do you think they might put down some coin on this baby?
Here is a great conversation on podcast about Just War.
Just War Theory: So What?
“The real evils in war are love of violence, revengeful cruelty, fierce and implacable enmity, wild resistance, and the lust of power, and such like; and it is generally to punish these things, when force is required to inflict the punishment, that, in obedience to God or some lawful authority, good men undertake wars.” Saint Augustine, City of God
As the U.S. government prepares to wage all out war (“intense and sustained,” as John Kerry has put it) in Iraq again, let’s hope and pray that Catholic young men, and all young men, will decline the invitation to get involved in this diabolical enterprise. Here’s an article that may prompt reflection and introspection.
The Faceless Men
Pope Francis, once again in unmistakable words: “Violence begets violence. Dialogue is the only way to peace.”