Blessed are the Peacemakers

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Blessed are the Peacemakers…

…for they shall be called the children of God. Believe or not, one FB reader looked at this and his takeaway was “Interesting choice of phrase – the Palestinian teenager was murdered while the Israeli teenager was just slain.”  If that is your response to this heartbreaking photo, you are part of the problem. [Read more...]

Blessed are the Peacemakers

Orthodox priests put it on the line in Kiev. A bit from my book Salt and Light: The Commandments, the Beatitudes, and a Joyful Life: Blessed Are the Peacemakers “It takes three to make a quarrel,” said Chesterton. “There is needed a peacemaker. The full potentialities of human fury cannot be reached until a friend [Read More...]

Julian Barkin has a big heart

Blessed are the peacemakers. [Read more...]

I believe in pre-emptive peace

…so I’m already against the next war that Norman Podhoretz and similar impenitently stupid apostles of the  Thing That Used to be Conservatism like Bill “Wrong about Everything” Kristol would love to plunge us into.  Happily, there seem to be a growing number of conservative thinkers like George Will who seem to have actually learned from trusting these [Read More...]

Duty to protect defenseless

…is not a licence for war, archbishop tells UN You’d thing a Lightbringer and Nobel Peace Prize Winner would know something that elementary. [Read more...]

Peaceful co-existence

A reader writes: Yesterday, at the meeting with various religious groups, Pope Francis, (if the translation is accurate) expressed a desire for peaceful co-exsistence among religions.  Since “co-exsistence” is my most hated bumpersticker, this has been worrying me ever since I read it.  No one seems to have noticed it either.  Did you?  I value [Read More...]

It turns out that the Church actually prefers peace to war

In fact, it turns out that before you ever get to the bit of the Catechism that deals with Just War doctrine (which, funny thing, says that war is to be an absolute last resort, not the first thing you start fantasizing about if you lose an election or somebody suggests that not all is [Read More...]

To quote JFK, “Let us never negotiate out of fear…

but let us never fear to negotiate.” It is not always and everywhere Munich 1938. Everybody is not always and everywhere Hitler. We fell for the ‘AIEEEEE!!! WMDS!!! WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!” thing once. Don’t fall for it again. Let’s be smart before we are rashly bellicose. [Read more...]

This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend

…and whether you vote for the Nobel Prize Winner who has launched more cruise missiles and drone strikes than any other, or we choose the lesser of two evils and vote for, you know, the evil of a warmonger party that has learne absolutely nothing from its blunders…. “I can’t name a single Romney foreign [Read More...]