Jesuits dismiss priest for peace

“A popular U.S. Catholic priest and author known for his peace writings and some 75 arrests for civil disobedience actions across the country has been dismissed from the international Jesuit religious order, which says he was ‘obstinately disobedient’ to its directives.”

John Dear, Jesuit Known for Peace Witness, Dismissed from Order, National Catholic Reporter, January 7, 2013

“This decision was sparked three years ago, when Archbishop Michael Sheehan of Santa Fe, N.M., removed my priestly faculties because he objected to the prayer vigils for peace and against nuclear weapons development I was leading at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the birthplace of nuclear weapons. He had received many complaints regarding my peace efforts over the years from the local pastor in Los Alamos and other Catholics who work in Los Alamos, building nuclear weapons.”

Leaving the Jesuits After 32 Years, National Catholic Reporter, January 7, 2013

In a somber mood, I’d like to play The Skipperdees’ “Atomic City” on the CAM jukebox. This one goes out to all Catholics out there in Los Alamos, building nuclear weapons:

loose lips sink ships
so keep yours tight
don’t you go askin’ if
what we did was right

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