Remarkably and unexpectedly American Catholics have been thrust onto the world stage by the election of Donald Trump. Trump made many promises to Catholics. He was and still is surrounded by Catholic advisors, and the Catholic vote was critical to his election. With great power comes great responsibility. President Trump’s increased military spending and in particular the disgusting arms deal with Saudi Arabia directly contradicts Catholic values and we need to let him know it. Loud and clear.
“Torturing people is a mortal sin. It is a very serious sin,” said Pope Francis on June 26, 2014, on the UN’s International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
“Whatever It Takes, The Politics of the Man Behind 24,” The New Yorker, February 2007
“Another 24 Hours, Jack Bauer Returns to Face His Legacy of Torture,” Slate, May 25, 2014
“Please, don’t sell your youth to the merchants of death!” Pope Francis implored. “Trust in Jesus – He changes the perspective of life.”- Sardinia, Sept. 22, 2013
Question: Was it a “peace vigil”? Pope Francis said: “Violence and war are never the way…” That sounds like an antiwar rally to me. “May the noise of weapons cease!…War never again! Never again war!” That’s a protest in my book. Here is the full speech.
Quick flashback to ten years ago: Iraq War Ten Years On. Will “our” representatives be stopped this time around or will we find ourselves hurtling headlong into another “military conflict,” despite worldwide protest? Yes, pray. Pray for peace. Then oppose the war loudly in whatever way you can.