Monday, March 24, 2008

Even the pope calls for peace...

Yeah no kidding. So do the American bishops. But apparently that didn't matter to six protesters who disrupted Easter Mass at Holy Names Cathedral in Chicago. During Francis Cardinal Gerorge's homily the six protesters created a ruckus with anti-war chants and fake blood. Security hastily removed the nut cases before they were able to cause more than the $3000 worth of damage that they did.

I can't even describe this, you have to read the article and watch the video (click the title of this post). Some people have no respect for anything. The Cardinal pointed out that no matter how noble the cause interrupting Mass is not appropriate. Especially since the Church is against the war and always has been. Do these people always think. The people that support them and say that they are proud of them are a complete embarassment to civilized society. And of course these cowards would never go into a radical mosque or a gang-infested neighborhood or even the state legislature and call for peace. They pick an easy target like the Church. Unfortunately they hurt their cause because they look like complete fools. Their causes were noble no doubt, I just hope that people can understand that there are appropriate times for action and inappropriate times for action. As the Cardinal said "We should all work for peace, but not by interrupting the worship of God."

3 comments:

Joe Lindsley said...

Unbelievable. Maybe they didn't know they were walking into a church...

What is also unbelievable is the applause from the parishioners; I suppose they don't recognize the sanctity of the Mass either...

And one note: the Church is not against the Iraq war. Pope John Paul II spoke out against the Iraq war, but "the Church" is not opposed to it, in the sense, say, that the Church is opposed to heresy or abortion. We Catholics are free to disagree with the pope about whether or not Iraq is a just war, because it was never officially condemned as unjust.JP II acknowledged this, of course, but you won't hear about that too often.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Joe's comment. There are many Catholics who are against the war or the execution of it or both, but there are other Catholics who take different views. JPII came out strongly against the death penalty and while his comments may lead to a change in church policy, it would be incorrect to say that the church has condemned the death penalty with the same moral absolute tone with which it has condemned abortion.

I have prayed for an end to the war, but for an end to the terrorism as well.

Brandon said...

My mistake, thank for pointing it out gentlemen. Although I would argue that the Pope's strong condemnation of the war, combined with Augustine's principles of just war and Catholic social teaching on human dignity render a de facto Church position against the invasion of Iraq. I believe that the same applies to the death penalty even if the opposition is not as strong as that against abortion.

Just as an aside I believe that the clapping is in response to the removal of the protesters and Cardinal's statement that we should all work for peace.