I love Charlie McCarthy.
No. not the dummy who sat on Edgar Bergen’s knee in the halcyon radio days.
Charlie McCarthy is a Melkite priest in communion with Rome who is one of the founders of PAX CHRISTI ,the Catholic anti-war,pacifist group..A former university prof, Charlie, the father of the has been resolutely laying out the nonviolent Jesus to a peerage of tin ears in the American episcopacy.The latter of course seem transfixed on what has become known as “Pelvic orthodoxy” an obsession with sexual issues.When it comes to the ultimate pro-life issue WAR they have been virtually silent. Not Charlie.
He recently sent this email to his supporters(Count me as one).
Chris Hedges is one of the great non-aligned prophetic Christian voices in the USA. If you have not read his books, start now! The son of a brave Presbyterian pastor, he has been indefatigable in resisting the American empire and its corporate agenda. He is in the tradition of Gore Vidal who always maintained that the USA has one party—the Corporate Party with two wings. This has never been more true than today where there seems little to choose between the two parties—especially when it comes to war,Israel and the shocking amount of money wasted on the military.
Charlie’s anger as you will see is legitimately aimed at those in the Christian churches who have drunk the imperial Kool Aid in supporting foreign wars.
Chris Hedges gave this talk last Sunday night, October 7, 2012, in New York City at a protest denouncing the 11th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. The event, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, was led by Veterans for Peace.
Charlie McCarthy writes:
This talk by Chris Hedges describes in detail what popes, cardinals, bishops, priests, ministers and pastors of the Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant and Evangelical Churches have been supporting and fostering—by their appalling silence or by their active cheerleading—as a Way to follow Jesus. This is the life into which they have been catechizing, nurturing and sending your children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces who are in their congregations, schools and universities. Without the U.S. British, Italian, French, etc. institutional Churches’ tacit or explicit support, millions of boys and girls, men and women, young and old, would be alive, happy and healthy at this hour instead of being dead or brutally, agonizingly and forever maimed in body, soul, mind and spirit. But, instead of drinking of the cup that Jesus drank and removing themselves and their Churches and their people forever from the mass murder operations of states, they instead guzzle-down Christian Kool-Aid laced with the cyanide of the spiritual and moral debacle of 1700 years violent Constantianism. Do read the Chris Hedges’ article below, and then pass it on to the spiritual leaders of your community. It might help them to “put down the Kool-Aid” and authentically proclaim what Jesus proclaimed about violence .
Many of us who are here carry within us death. The smell of decayed and bloated corpses. The cries of the wounded. The shrieks of children. The sound of gunfire. The deafening blasts. The fear. The stench of cordite. The humiliation that comes when you surrender to terror and beg for life. The loss of comrades and friends. And then the aftermath. The long alienation. The numbness. The nightmares. The lack of sleep. The inability to connect to all living things, even to those we love the most. The regret. The repugnant lies mouthed around us about honor and heroism and glory. The absurdity. The waste. The futility.
It is only the maimed that finally know war. And we are the maimed. We are the broken and the lame. We ask for forgiveness. We seek redemption. We carry on our backs this awful cross of death, for the essence of war is death, and the weight of it digs into our shoulders and eats away at our souls. We drag it through life, up hills and down hills, along the roads, into the most intimate recesses of our lives. It never leaves us. Those who know us best know that there is something unspeakable and evil many of us harbor within us. This evil is intimate. It is personal. We do not speak its name. It is the evil of things done and things left undone. It is the evil of war.
We do not speak of war. War is captured only in the long, vacant stares, in the silences, in the trembling fingers, in the memories most of us keep buried deep within us, in the tears.
You can read Hedges piece on TRUTHDIG (top of this piece) an excellent website devoted to “digging below the headlines.”