Monday, January 12, 2009
Briefing. This seems like a flash-back to the 1970s. But these 'justice and peace' people still exist, and are being manned by religious orders and funded by the dioceses: see our dossier on 'Pax Christi' (which links to Catholic Worker's website).
If the war if Afganistan is unjust, it is certainly not obviously so. British and other troops are supporting an elected government against fanatical and terroristic opponents. Allowing the Taliban to take over again would recreate the conditions for the Sept 11th attacks, the savage persecution of Christians (and Shia muslims), and some very nasty abuse of women's rights. Is that what Fr Newell, a Passionist, wants? Is it for that he was ordained? That's him in the picture. See their press release: it says he served seven days in Pentonville.
From The Tablet (10/1/09): A Catholic priest has been arrested after a protest at a military base outside London. Fr Martin Newell, from the Catholic Worker community, cut through a perimeter fence at Northwood Permanent Joint Headquarters and entered the base to pray. Other members of the community held a vigil at the front entrance, reading the names of British and Afghani war dead. Fr Newell served time in prison last year after refusing to pay fines for similar action at an international arms fair and at the Ministry of Defence.
Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael
Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen