The following is a compilation of World Focus broadcasts (a trilogy) from February 28, March 6, and March 13, 2016.
Religion and war have been intertwined for millennia. Present international conflicts simply validate
this sad reality.
These reflections are dedicated to the millions of people who were tortured, murdered
or socially marginalized by Christendom. These were Jews, Moslems, Buddhists, Hindus
and hosts of other religions. Many were of the beautiful animist faiths of indigenous people.
Were any of these people guilty of any wrong doing? On the contrary they were victims of an institution
which calls its leader infallible on matters of faith and morals. Where is the faith and where are the
morals of genocide? Jesus said, “By their fruits you shall know them.” Where are the fruits of
“infallibility?” Popes have brought unnecessary pain and suffering to the baptized and the unbaptized.
As an ordained priest of Roman Catholicism I find it necessary not only to condemn the holocaust of
Christendom but to demand repentance and restitution.
What is more, I want to enter into solidarity with these innocent people. I can only imagine
the Almighty welcoming them into eternal life with an apology for the organized arrogance,
hypocrisy and violence of the institution that killed them.
These millions of good people massacred by fanatical fundamentalist dogmatism were victimized
by the same evil that Jesus found in the religious leadership of his time. I think the hour of repentance
In a similar fashion we must repent for the religion of what Jefferson called, “The Empire of
Liberty.” This religion soon became the national faith of our country in spite of the first amendment to
our constitution. Our religion of state coalesced into Manifest Destiny and evolved into American
Exceptionalism. Just as Christendom, our national religion is righteous as it kills “bad guys.” Who are the
bad guys? Any entity that differs with our economic and political empire. Our cult of nationalism is a 21st
century form of militaristic Christendom. The cult of American Exceptionalism is forming a brood of
vipers as expressed by St. John the Baptist.
One viper is for carpet bombing, another is for expanding the use of torture, another is for expelling
immigrants. And then there is the platform of not allowing members of a worldwide faith into
the United States. All vipers relish our dogma of perpetual war and are not bothered by
impending nuclear catastrophe. These vipers were born as children of the military, industrial,
congressional, gun, prison ad pharmaceutical complex and are members of the suicidal cult of
nuclearism. The above mentioned religionists show much in common with Christendom. Our enemies
must conform to their gibberish or die. Just examine the new law of detention of anyone for any reason
and forever: The National Defense Authorization Act. So friends, Liberation Theology in my opinion
demands a liberation from imperial religion and imperial dogmas with torture and death for “heretics.”
There has always been a “little flock” of truth tellers. “Everyone who seeks the truth hears my
voice.” John: 18, 37. These witnesses to truth see evil and name it. They identify the powers and
principalities of evil. They do not nullify their words into a linear left and right. They are into a
third dimension of ethical and unethical. This little flock is made up of people with or without religion,
with or without theism. We can recognize them in the breaking of the bread of truth. This little flock will
liberate the world from empire. We see them, we recognize them, we honor them and want to be one
with them. They recognize the clear and present danger and will not be silent.
This writing is an opinion which hopefully will be studied by members of the second largest church in the
United States, lapsed Catholics. Actually my thoughts would be applicable to anyone who has
participated in organized religion.
I simply wish to give an opinion after a lifetime of religious study and practice.
Yes, it is an ongoing dialogue in search of truth and praxis. Personally I abhor debates.
We are on a search for beauty which Aristotle calls, “the splendor of truth.”
At this point in the autumn of life I would like to express what I consider problem areas
in the history of Christianity and for that matter with all religions.
I see no beauty in dogmas, neither the dogmas of Nicaea or any other very human gatherings.
These dogmas have been the fuel for torture, murder and wars throughout history.
The Council of Nicaea was called by an emperor who wanted unity of church and state.
Early Christendom often called Jewish Christianity declined after Constantine’s Edict of Milan
(toleration of Christians) in 313 AD. And this was followed by the First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD.
The objective, one Roman Empire, one emperor, one body of law, one world under this colossal entity.
So Constantine called the church leaders to Rome, paid their way and proposed (directed) the formation
of the unam, sanctam catholicam church. One church, one leader, one creed, no exceptions.
And with this came the symbol of Christ on the Roman shield and a clear message that this was
the religion for all people. Constantine got what he wanted and imperial sanctions were willingly
received by the ecclesiastical leadership in attendance. No other religion would be tolerated. In short
order this lead to attacks on infidels, barbarians, heretics and schismatics.
Such activity was systematized in crusades, inquisitions, conquistadores and wars between
“Christians.” (Pope Francis is even now trying to mend the split between the Byzantine Church and the
Roman Church of 1054.” This was a classic example of dogma being used for political purposes.
The Roman Church said the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son.
The Byzantines said the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father only. Dogma as a causus belli.
The mistake was the arrogance, the hubris, the blasphemy of attempting to define God.
These people did not know what they were talking about. If they were speaking poetically that would be
fine. But they are speaking in absolutes in a fundamentalist fashion. This is the sole truth. Outside of this
truth there is no salvation!
Hold on just a minute. Everyone else is wrong? Yes.
Actually it sounds like the Manichean Heresy but it is dogma and the dogma is the problem.
This critique is about dogma. It is about infallibility, it is about inerrancy and it is about empire.
Fundamentalist religion is the problem and I think that an evolution of Liberation Theology is the
I don’t think that the Vatican will give its approval at this time any more that it initially approved of the
Writings of Aquinas. However, I would be so bold as to say that perhaps the majority of the clergy in
their heart of hearts has the same problem with dogmas. Sadly, they remain as “company” people.
Instead of asking whether you believe in the Virginity of Mary the church might ask if you
practice compassion. People accused of denying the divinity of Christ have been murdered by the
church. I don’t think anyone has been condemned for lacking compassion.
And to you God I say that in my opinion the Nicene Creed is a heresy and an insult to you. Here we are
on this little grain of sand in the universe attempting to demand that people believe what we claim you
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My doctoral dissertation was on LIBERATION THEOLOGY AND THE CENTRAL AMERICAN REVOLUTION
(University of California, Irvine).
My interest is in just how this theology will evolve. I think that Pope Francis understands the situation
and is confronted with Vatican clerics who have frozen in their fundamentalism.
Yes, the problem is dogma. So let’s just imagine the rejection of all literalist dogma.
Can we understand the former rigidity in a figurative fashion? St. Thomas Aquinas thinks so
As he insists that we simply cannot comprehend God. We can only speak analogously about God.
The more we claim to say who God is and what God does the more heretical we become.
The “Dumb Ox,” as Aquinas was called makes it very clear with his Aristotelian wisdom that
we can only speak analogously about God.
To say we know nothing about God is a sign of reverence. To tell people that God took out
the Twin Towers because of homosexuality is an act of self-deification and falsehood. Many preachers of
the word should reflect on this.
We see reverence in a state of awe, mystery, incomprehension and respect.
“Oh, how deep are the riches and the wisdom and the knowledge, how inscrutable the judgements, how
unsearchable the ways of God! For who has known the mind of God or been God’s counselor?
Romans, 11, 33
Picture the pious silliness of the pastor speaking at a memorial for a bereaved family,
“God loved your mother so much that he wanted to have her with Him!” Is that not enough
to drive any thinking child out of organized religion?
Personally I love to read the Bible. There is no way that I can consider it without error.
Biblical scholarship is so welcome and so to be respected. What is in the New Testament and
what is not. Glosses, imposed texts, non-inclusion of important books and texts. Much has
been accomplished by these dedicated scholars.
And those voices of God in the Old Law are often the voices of the village or tribal elder.
Just look at how many things they will have you killed for? What a great demonstration of
exceptionalist ethnic hatred, and separatism. Just think how awful the “other” is?
It is worthy of note that contemporary Israel seems to conform to this fundamentalist
The prophets seemed to understand this nonsense very well. And the war between priest and prophet is
clear throughout the Bible. To have a dogma of inerrancy is just another example of mindless
fundamentalism. I will continue to quote the bible and many other sacred books because of the sheer
moral beauty of many passages. Beauty…yes, inerrancy…no.
I can identify with Jesus and his Passover meal as he was hunted by members of his religion who
had sold out to empire. And let’s clarify a problem. He was not crucified by the Jews. He was
crucified by political hacks who were using religion as a cloak for malice. And how he identified with the
prophets who came before him who were killed in a similar fashion.
I would identify with Jesus as with the Saudi Arabian youths who are awaiting crucifixion today.
I would identify with Jesus as he rose in communion with people who live for peace on earth
and good will to all. I would identify with Jesus as with Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero who said he
would rise in the people of El Salvador.
Reverence implies that we should acknowledge the “divinity” of every person and oddly this is
exactly what Jesus describes in his account of the Last judgement. Matthew, 25.
My opinion after years of scriptural study is that our access to God is our access to our brothers and
sisters on the planet.
We don’t have to talk solely about transubstantiation of the bread and wine.
Jesus is speaking of the transubstantiation of the human race…. our contact with divinity.
How strange that church people often prefer to reverence the communion host rather than
that person on the street, that Samaritan we are called to serve.
Please look at your copy of scripture and see that showing compassion to the one
in need was the answer to the question, Lord, what do I do to be saved?
But sadly institutional activities often separate us from serving.
A good Catholic is one who goes to Mass on Sunday?
For many the Sacraments are a diversion from direct action.
The ex opere operato concept of the sacraments which stress what the sacraments do
has been overestimated. When the dictator goes to communion does he or she stop
being a dictator? When a billionaire hedge fund gambler goes to Mass does he or she repent of
theft? I don’t think so. Institutional religion seems designed to follow the state, to dispense the wealthy
while urging them to contribute generously.
Dogmas as human constructs make us only canonize official members. Gandhi did not
quite make the list…wrong religion. Actually the meaningful lives of those who have gone before us or
who are with us now should be revered regardless of their religion or lack of religion. And what does
It is from the word “religo” (to bind and to cast aside. It means to relegate). It binds you to
a dubious set of formulae and then it tosses you into a sect…one might say a cult.
I am speaking here of the liberation of theology…from the binding. “I am the master of my fate?”
The walls of dogma are deadening to the intellect. Here we are on a grain of sand in the universe
And we have the gall to tell the universe what God is or is not.
See the inverted pyramid suggested by Pope Francis.
His predecessor John XXIII inverted the pyramid at Vatican II (1962-1965).
Pope John XXIII did not live to see the end of this council and many who did tried everything possible
to put the pyramid back in their favor.
The current tension at the Vatican is palpable. “Someone might come and take away our place”
must be on the mind of many cardinals. “What are we going to do with our bank, our treasures,
our buildings.” Let them remain forever as a reminder of the reverence of the great people
who created them. Michelangelo had nothing but tension with Pope Julius. The people who created the
beauty were taking great risks. Take the case of Dante. The Guelphs and the Ghibellines? The former
supported the political party insisting that the pope was superior to the German emperors. The latter
considered the superiority of the emperor. Dante took the dangerous position of supporting the
What about St. Thomas Aquinas? Was his soulmate Aristotle to be used as a model for
a work of theology? The Vatican did not approve and his books were not to be read for about one
century after his death. Thinkers and artists were taking great risks in dealing with the power of the
Church. Many of them were martyred by the Church. Take a look at the life of Giordano Bruno?
The Galileo Case should be reviewed today as frozen members of the Curia snipe at Pope Francis.
Let the beauty remain. Let the reverence of those who created the beauty remain.
Let the courage of Michelangelo remain as he painted high church people in hell.
The reverence can transcend any dogma. The reverence can be globalized.
Yes, Jesus could be called a secular humanist. He was here in the flesh
and he chose to divinized the human race by showing his reverence for all.
Let’s take a look at the Catholic Catechism. The Catechism considers masturbation as a serious sin?
It also says that we should serve our nation. So a pilot returning from a nuclear bomb mission killing
hundreds of thousands of innocents might go to confession because of masturbation…and fail to confess
the sin of genocide. The pilot was told it was a just war so there is nothing to confess about a
bombing mission. Was any war of Christendom declared unjust?
Yes, I am a theist, but that does not mean that you should be one.
Perhaps the agnostics are the most reverent. They stand in awe before the mystery.
I cannot help but use intuition as my “proof of the existence of God.” See Jacques
Maritan, Intuition in Art and Poetry.
I don’t claim to prove anything. St. Paul was far more certain with his intuition.
“For what is knowable about God is plain and obvious to everyone; indeed, it is God
who has made it obvious to them. Though invisible to the eye, God’s eternal power
and divinity have been seen since the creation of the universe, understood and clearly visible in all of
nature.” Romans, 19-20.
I believe in prayer, lifting the heart and mind to transcend the visible. I believe in meditation, thinking
and avoiding mind chatter, loving the silence and asking for wisdom. I have no idea why such bad things
happen to good people.
Our lives are shorter than that of a tree or a rock. We are amazing creatures! We can be domesticated,
instructed, creative, imaginative and reflect on the genius we see. Albert Einstein favored creativity and
imagination over knowledge. We should revere him and his example.
But institutions cannot bear critique. Suppose I had said in a seminary classroom in the 1950’s
“This doctrine of Limbo is the dumbest thing I ever heard.” I would have been out the door.
But if a student asked the same question in 2016, the professor might just agree with him.
SEMPER IDEM? Always the same? Please? Do we burn heretics today? Do we torture them?
Well the Congregation of the Inquisition simply morphed into another incarnation.
But some of the same ugliness remains. Priests who “attempt marriage” are excommunicated
latae sentenciae, automatically. How nice. And what happens to pedophiles? They go to another
parish if they are not apprehended by civil authority.
I remain with St. Thomas. I know that we cannot comprehend God and I would never be so
arrogant as to try. Institutions claiming to speak in the name of God are simply not credible.
Were the Pope’s infallible when they commanded the Crusades? Were they credible when they
defined the infidels (how often we hear that word today)? And today’s Islam Crusaders of ISIS
are a mirror image of the Crusaders of the Popes. Believe my thing or die.
Let us look at the life of Pope Pius IX in the 19th century. He formulated the doctrine of infallibility.
He also declared the Immaculate Conception as a doctrine. And what flowed from this?
The idea that the embryo is a person from the moment of conception. St. Thomas did not agree.
What flowed from this concept was a condemnation of abortion. And politicians today are doing
everything possible to patronize the religions of our citizens by saying, “Me too.”
Noam Chomsky is asked if he believes. “When did you become convinced that there was no God?”
asks David Barsamian. Noam responds, “I never became convinced, because I don’t even know what the
questions are. There is no what? What is it that there isn’t? There is no coherent answer that I know of.”
Aquinas understands Noam’s dilemma making it clear in his Summa Theologica, “We just can’t
And this is an ongoing problem for pop-atheists. They cannot define that which they say does not exist.
But as we look into the lives of fundamentalist atheists we might imagine that the “god” they
heard about as a youth must have been a horror.
I was delighted to see the word “figurative” on page 98 of the Catholic Catechism (paragraph 390).
Most problems would be solved if we used that word for all “defined dogmas.” Literalism in
such matters simply creates dangerous fundamentalists (see Arnold Toynbee).
Note the behavior of biblical literalists as they attack sound science, history and anthropology.
Cults are made of such as these.
And this is the problem of institutions. The leadership wants affirmation at all costs.
Or should we say submission?
“Original Sin in an analogical sense, contracted not committed, a state and not an act.”
Causuistry? (Catechism, page 102, paragraphs 404-406).
Yes, there are the venerable Ten Commandments which mostly emanate from the Code of Hammurabi
(18th century B.C.).
And the Commandments of the Church which include “grave matter” like mortal sin for
missing Mass on Sunday. The sinner going to confess such things might be asked just how much of
the Mass did he or she miss. Venial or mortal sin depending on the answer.
Would it not be better to ask if the penitent missed an opportunity to serve the needy?
The Catechism goes on to tell us to serve our country. This is simply a reflection of the Church
following the state historically. Catholic Chaplains on both sides urging the troops to fight for
their country? I don’t think chaplains should ever be line officers in the military. Contract
employees would be a better status. A submissive marriage between church and state leads to the
selection of Bishops who are often more dedicated to the state than to Jesus.
The Divine Comedy, Dante; very dangerous writing and he could have been executed by the
Church for it. Seems that each work of wisdom and beauty is a threat to power. The liberation from
dogmas frees captive souls.
“Thou hast a harlot’s face, thou refuse to be ashamed.” Crusades were in the heart of the Council of
Nicaea. This is the unam, sanctam catholicam church. It is like the empire, one holy, Roman and it
creates Christendom, an empire of absolute domination. “Outside of the Church there is no salvation!”
“Error has no rights.” If you do not accept the dogmas of the church, you are in error and subject to
torture and execution.
The inquisition and its power grabbing. See “The Dark Side of Christian History,” Helen Ellerbe.
The conquistadores (see the doctrine of discovery, Papal Bulls regarding conquest).
In 1452, the papal bull Dum Diversas instructed the crown “to invade, capture, vanquish and subdue
all Saracens, pagans and other enemies of Christ, to put them into perpetual slavery, and to take away
all their possessions and property.” In 1454, another bull titled Romanus Pontifex furthered that
thinking, sanctifying the seizure of non-Christian lands in parts of Africa and restating the legitimacy of
enslaving non-Christian people.” Thanks to The National Catholic Reporter for this research.
This ecclesiastical concept can be seen in the case of Johnson v. M’Intosh. Supreme Court Justice John
Marshall stated, “On the discovery of this immense continent the great nations of Europe were eager to
appropriate to themselves so much of it as they could respectively acquire.”
There was much objection to the recent canonization of Father Junipero Serra. But research shows that
Serra was a good “company man.” He was in sync with the papal bulls of the time and an obedient
servant of the Pope. Semper Idem? Always the same? Please!
So St. Thomas Aquinas did not think the embryo was a person. However, when Pope Pius IX
defined the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception the immediate presumption was that
the embryo is a person. From the first moment of conception the Mother of Jesus was free from
original sin. Then began the anti-abortion campaigns…all related to a dogma.
This does not mean that I will abolish the Hail Mary from my prayers. The prayer is
a meaningful mantra to raise the heart and mind in transcendence. And such is true
of many prayers and the Mass, itself. Literalism destroys, a figurative approach respects the symbols
and reverence for the human race. See the Battle of Lepanto and the Feast of the Holy Rosary.
Pope Pius V arranged a naval battle which took place on October 7, 1571 off the western coast of
Greece. A coalition of European Catholic maritime states defeated the fleet of the Ottoman Empire.
The victory was credited to the Virgin Mary and is now commemorated as the feast of Our Lady of the
Having traveled the U.S. and its Catholic universities, high schools, Newman Centers and
parishes, for seven years as a Maryknoll Father while promoting recruits and funds for the
foreign missions I had a good view of clerical life. I think that most priests in their heart of hearts would
agree with my opinions. To say so, however, would cost them “their place.” Just think how liberating
that would be. Clergy have had to deal with a rigid Vatican authority system. As in the case of Father Roy
Bourgeois they are excommunicated “latae sentenciae” (automatically) for participating in the
ordination of women or for “attempting marriage.” Actually tens of thousands of priests did not attempt
marriage…they got married. This was a great and necessary act of civil disobedience to a law of celibacy
which has a millennium of ill fame. Celibacy is wonderful freely chosen. But a law of celibacy is horrible.
(The Second Lateran Council, 1139 AD, declared clerical marriages invalid.)
Did Jesus start a new religion? It seems he fostered a way of life that welcomed the outcasts,
ignored the religious status of people and showed no regard for titles. What he started
does not look like an institution it looks like a movement. To see it as an institution with rigid
and exclusive demands (The Creed) flies in the face of his life and work.
“All sinners were authors of Christ’s passion?” This reference in the Catholic Catechism seems
truly curious. How did all sinners get together to author Christ’s passion?
Descent into hell? To deliver the damned? What the Nicene council did was to establish a wall
of separation for most people. It is this exclusivity which led to the slaughter of “infidels.”
Would such a wall please the Jesus we meet in the New Testament? A death sentence for the
“The resurrection as the work of the Trinity?” (Catholic Catechism). Another curious concept. How?
Why? Must a rational person die because of an honest inability to accept that the resurrection is
“The work of the Trinity?” We can begin to see the creed as a control mechanism. It makes no reference
to ethics or morals. It is an oath of acceptance which cost the lives of many people of integrity.
There are so many ascensions, Mohammad used a chariot. Ascension is still a good and figurative
word for one’s passing away. It is the petrified demands of literalism that make the creed a
separatist document and a causus belli (cause of war). It becomes a stumbling block to reverent people
the world over.
The indigenous reference to The Great Spirit comes without all of the unacceptable “specifics”
of the Nicene Creed. The best of Christian theology is the promotion of the Fruits of the Spirit which
most thinking people accept as self-evident.
Jesus homily in his synagogue dealt definitively with the horror of sectarianism. See Luke, Chapter Four.
Here we are on a grain of sand called earth in the midst of an endless universe.
“no se olvide el grano de arena llamado tierra…” Ernesto Cardenal, Cantico Cosmico, Cantiga 32.
(“do not forget the grain of sand called earth.”)
Aside from the magnificent advances in astronomy, there is only room for awe and reverence.
So many scientists can affirm this including the astounding Albert Einstein. There is no institution that
can correctly claim ownership of the author of the universe. People of God? Yes, “By their fruits you
shall know them.” People of God do not murder, torture, commit war, rape and foster endless lies
Yes, friends, my words are simply opinion infused with reverence. I see no reality in the claims of Papal
infallibility or Biblical inerrancy. Superb scriptural scholarship of the past century has identified endless
examples denouncing both of these “given” issues in ecclesiastical magisterium.
It seems to me that one can find endless inspiration in the Bible, and in many “sacred books.”
The Bible is my favorite because it has been such a lifelong inspiration.
I do not have to approve of the endless wars of the Old Law. I do not have to support
the ethnic triumphalism and hatred of the Philistines and anyone else out of favor with
tribal leadership. Tribal chiefs became the “voice of God.” What an insult. Did God promote capital
punishment, torture and exclusion of the “other.” I don’t think so. No wonder so many oaths are taken
on the Bible. It is full of war and hatred.
What about the New Testament? Well it came together about 397 A.D. Some books were excluded,
some altered, some of doubtful authorship. But it remains an inspiration for many. And what about the
endless miracles? On miracles, I remain agnostic. As with many things, I will take them with a grain of
The message of, “Those who are of the truth hear my name.” is so powerful, so
International, so inclusive. The voice of truth is the voice of God. And it is in such statements we can
understand the opinion that Jesus started a movement, not an institution.
Christians in the days of “non licet christianus” (it is not legal to be a Christian) did not go to their priest
to ask if they should accept martyrdom.
They simply knew that their movement was absolutely opposed to empire. They
refused to serve in the Roman Military and died rather than serve. You cannot serve God and empire.
How incomprehensible that Empire would absorb the message and make the movement into an
institution. What then was the movement about? It was about sharing. And that is why we don’t look
upon the current diabolical distribution of wealth as “right wing.” We look upon it as evil.
It began with the radical prophetic words of John the Baptist which are rarely reflected in contemporary
John the Baptist insults his listeners Luke, 3,7-10
When the people asked him, “What should we do?” John replied, “Let one with two coats
share with the one who has none. Let those who have food do the same.”
After John the Baptist’s words of sharing we have the poem of the coming age of distributive justice
attributed to the Mother of Jesus.
Your mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear you.
You have shown strength with your arm, you have scattered the proud in their conceit,
you have deposed the mighty from their thrones and raised the lowly to high places.
You have filled the hungry with good things, while you have sent the rich away empty.
Luke, 1, 50-53.
The comments of John the Baptist and the Mother of Jesus have profound implications for
distributive justice. Victims of the holocaust of Christendom are as guiltless as the holy innocents
slaughtered by King Herod. Matthew, 2,16.
The behavior of the post-Nicaean church and the message of the sermon on the mount have very little
in common. The sermon on the mount is the creed of a life style in direct confrontation with
conventional wisdom. It is not an attempt to define God.
It counsels us to observe and respond to the mourning of wretched of the earth, to be gentle,
to pursue justice passionately, to show mercy always, to be single hearted, to work for peace
and to know that our work for justice and peace be punished by the world’s conventional
wisdom. The Emperor’s Council was a wall against the manifesto of Jesus speaking on the mount.
Nothing could be more arrogant than to declare that membership in an institution is a requirement for
salvation. Jesus rejected institutional membership while speaking at Nazareth in Luke Four. The cosmos
is just too large for a sectarian club.
Then we have the division between clergy and laity. At first the communities held all things in common.
This communitarian style is mentioned twice in the Acts of the Apostles. After the Council of Nicaea, the
clergy took the lion’s share and left a small trickle down for the laity. The Vatican, its bank, the wealth of
Cardinals, Bishops and clergy are the legacy of this blatant maldistribution.
“All sinners were the authors of Christ’s Passion.” See Catechism of the Catholic Church,
Page 154, section 598
“Nevertheless he did not come to abolish all evils here below, but to free men from the gravest slavery,
sin, which thwarts them in their vocation as God’s sons and causes all forms of human bondage.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church, Page 140, Section 549.
Contrast this with: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven…” Lord’s Prayer
The Imperial Nicene Creed is a monument to arrogance. Too arrogant in the face of the universe in
which we live. It has taken the lives of too many blessed souls. It is horribly exclusive.
Did Dante create Purgatory? A Divine Comedy indeed.
I wish to stand with each and every one of the innocents who were tortured and killed in the name of
Jesus by an Imperial Church. I wish to petition repentance on the part of the institution responsible.
Jesus initiated a movement for a beloved community of justice and peace. I see no example of
inerrancy, and infallibility. The scriptures are magnificent but in no way inerrant.
This is a statement of opinion, written with reverence, awe and humility.
This is not a manifesto, simply an opinion after a lifetime of prayer and reflection.
The Nicene Creed is a human made formula aligned with the goals and objectives of
the Roman Empire. The evolution of liberation theology just may liberate us from
this sectarian affront to the world’s people. The Creed is a failed attempt to define God. Some might call
it blasphemy. It divides people from others who have also made futile attempts to define the almighty.
Worst of all it is used politically as a causus belli. God is on our side. Oh yes. Did this all end with
Christendom? Not at all. It is in force today.
As Christendom sought out the infidels and killed them today ISIL is seeking out the infidels
and killing them. I see no authenticity in either the approach of Christendom or of ISIL.
What is the solution?
Literalist and fundamentalist dogmas have no place in finding the truth that will make us free.
The reverence for all “creation” must imbue our minds to relate to the almighty fully as possible with
our intuition. Thus we can enjoy our inability to comprehend God. An even more we can begin to see
the underlying politics hidden behind many dogmas of organized religion. Such doubtful dogmas
will give way to the quest for compassion, love, joy, courage, endurance, peace and justice.
Organized religions may continue but I think they will continue to diminish. The diminishment is now
Prayer, meditation, reflection, good wishes have a prominent role in human development.
But for inhabitants of this planet it seems that without praxis (reflective action) there is questionable
value to religious practices. Our hope is that there will never be another religious, ethnic or racial state
on the planet. Religion has generally been subservient to the state…and the state becomes God’s will.
But God is simply not on “our side.”
The state must be a secular entity and we value the wisdom of the First Amendment to the US
constitution. When the state enters the area of religious dogmas there will be inquisitions.
Just recall that The Inquisition was not about morality. It was about dogma, human dogma.
This one is burned at the stake because he did not believe in the Trinity. That one was beheaded
because he or she did not believe in the Virginity of Mary. What does this say about their values?
And what about the scriptures? In the Old Law we have an endless reference to nationalism,
denunciation of the other, we might just call it racism. The Old Law also has a penchant for war. No
wonder politicians take their oath on the Bible.
The saving grace of the Old Law is the role of the prophets. They were in constant conflict with the
priests. Priests want ritual purity and most of all conformity to their whims. The prophet becomes the
link between the old and the new.
Because of my background I have read the Psalms as a personal jihad, not as a political
right to kill “bad guys”. Islam has a similar approach. Any attempt to claim inerrancy in the Bible is surely
a waste of time. I love reading it. I love asking questions about authorship. I have found it a wonderful
guide for a life style. We can allow these ancient words to work through us with our intuition, and our
Rituals are human and I would never object to the concept. The liturgy is a form of play…it is surely not
meant to be work. It is to celebrate the mystery. But there are occupational hazards to liturgy.
I remember the great Father John Considine at Maryknoll stating that a priest must not simply be a
“sacramentarian,” a ritualist.
What are the hazards? The hazards may be defined as the “ex opere operato”
understanding of sacraments (what the sacrament does). But the sacrament actually does
little at all without the engagement of the recipient. (ex opere operantis).
Sacraments can be a diversion from action. Religious people are defined by whether they go to church
or not. But going to church has little or nothing to do with authentic spiritual living. Jesus’ message was
not, “Go to Church.” It was to love one another. And why on earth exclude the saints from the canon?
Gandhi is excluded because he was a Hindu? Once again dogma is in the way of spiritual reality.
There is something even more important. Organized religion focuses on the individual sinner.
It rarely makes reference to the sins of the institution. This is what is long overdue.
Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa has been overdone. Excuse me for living. The personal sins
are just great for organized religion, especially sex. Everyone is so bad.
This reflection is on the centuries of holocaust conducted by Christendom and the need for repentance
which includes the heresy of the Nicene Creed, the hammer of “sinners” and the great rip off of the
Inquisition which not only killed the offender but also took the offenders property.
Repentance is as rare in religion as it is from the state.
But repentance is possible. Germany has done great work in denouncing the years of the Third Reich.
Pope John Paul II was moved to tears during his reflections on Church history. And what of the many
sufferings imposed by the Church in our memories? Your child can’t be buried in consecrated ground
because he or she was not baptized. Limbo awaits your child and here is a segregated section of the
cemetery for that purpose. Sorry but there is no “Beatific Vision.” for this poor child.
Your husband cannot be buried in consecrated ground either because he committed suicide.
You are not permitted to go to a non-Catholic worship service, wedding etc.
You may not join the YMCA. And today the Bishop of St. Louis is concerned about the Girl Scouts
as a threat to morality. He is concerned that they might be receiving sex education.
You may not go to condemned movies…. these were almost exclusively condemned
because of sexual content. Somehow violence did not seem objectionable.
That failure is easy to understand as the Church generally supported the state insanity of war.
All the wars were “just” right?
Sexual relations are for procreation only. Well OK you can practice rhythm. You cannot remarry after
divorce…unless you have the money to contribute to the Roman Rota. Indeed, the faithful are directed to
constant mea culpas…the institution is generally silent about its own about its sins. It took a thousand
years after the Lateran Councils for rampant sexual abuse by clergy to be acknowledged. This happened
thanks to sound truth telling journalism by newspapers like The National Catholic Reporter.
Some absolutely great individuals have come out of the Roman Catholic institution.
Many of them were people who understood its failings: Pope John XXIII, Pope Francis and his year of
Mercy. There had been so little mercy. Don’t miss his bestselling new book, “The Name of God is
People like Father Roy Bourgeois excommunicated “latae sentenciae” (automatically)
for supporting women’s ordination. And tens of thousands of priests automatically excommunicated for
“attempting marriage.” Not long ago such horrible sins could have been punished by torture and
Burning alive of these evil people.
The Second Lateran Council…and the law of celibacy is a sad history of making certain
that priests could not will anything to their legitimate children. That council nullified
clerical marriage. Such legalism opened the door to sexual abuse by the clergy which apparently went
unnoticed for centuries. Thanks to the truth tellers and critical minds within the church and society
for putting sexual abuse in the spotlight. A film of the same name has received the Academy Award
for best film of the year.
The warmth and pathos felt for the about to die Jesus is so strong and beautiful at the Last Supper.
“Remember me,” might be the request of any one receiving the stupid death penalty. We can identify
with all such victims internationally. And if we are to speak of divinity we can see Jesus identifying with
the divinity of the human race. See Matthew, Chapter 25: What you did to the least of these, you did
The whole world rises from the dead every year. Looking at the rebirth of nature Noam Chomsky asks?
“Is it the same tree.” Perhaps we are all the same tree. I am not proposing a dogma I am stating an
intuitive reflection, an opinion.
Just look at the history of religious smashing and trashing! The conquistadores smashed the indigenous
temples and placed their Churches on top of the previous places of worship. Muslims and Christians
seemed to enjoy violently changing the nature of their houses of worship. And today we have the daily
fanaticism at the temple mount as fundamentalist fanatics take over the governance of Israel.
As Roman Catholic religious orders began to diminish after the Second Vatican Council
Much of the leadership was saying, “What shall we do with the buildings?”
That question will remain with the demise of sectarianism. The Vatican would make one of the world’s
greatest museums and it could even celebrate its full history including crusades, inquisitions together
with the “Law of Discovery.” This would be one of the greatest and most honest rejections of triumphal
religiosity in world history.
Chomsky visits the Sistine Chapel with awe. Reverence, yes. Fundamentalist human made creed, no.
Indeed, the truth can make us free. The Nicene Creed is not an act of faith…it is an act of sectarian
arrogance. Accept or die. Roman Imperialism imposed on religion.
What then is FAITH. See remarks of Jesus about Faith. It is not a formula…it is a way of life.
That way of life can be found in so-called believers and unbelievers. People of faith
will what they believe is true and struggle for what they believe is true. They are the
authentic journalists and professionals together with the rest of such folk who try to live
the truth in spite of conventional wisdom which is a lie.
When does something become a religion? When we are bound and cast aside.
When there is nothing to question but much to obey. How does this differ from a cult?
A cult offers no exit. Outside the church there is no salvation. Yes, Christendom could be called a cult.
There was only one possibility…join or die. Error has no rights.
Yes, the Inquisition was present in this Western Hemisphere. Father Hidalgo initiated the
Mexican Revolution of 1810 under the banner of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the right to mix
Indigenous and Spanish blood. Spain fought under the banner of the same Virgin under the name
of Our Lady of Remedies. Unfortunately, the Inquisition arrested Father Hidalgo and he was convicted
of being, “An atheist, a Lutheran and a Jew.”
What is worth stressing is that the Nicene Creed is simply a formula agreed upon by an emperor
and his invited guests. Churches have primarily followed the state in the centuries that followed.
Note the negative relationship of St. Francis of Assisi to the Hierarchy. Note St. Anthony
scolding the bishop in his congregation,” Tibi loquor cum mitrum!
“I am speaking to you who has the mitre on.”
Is there anything in the New Testament that would lead one to create a Nicene Creed?
A Nicene Creed becomes a membership requirement, like the membership in a fraternity or sorority.
It says nothing of lifestyle. But the New Testament is a lifestyle document.
Having usually read the scriptures with the bond of “inerrancy” it is liberating to read them knowing
there are many errors, glosses, omissions, subtractions and some wonderful script writing.
Just read it like as a script. It is beautiful. It cries out not to be taken literally.
The fundamentalism of relying on a membership formula rather than a life style is what is at stake here.
The lifestyle is inclusive. The membership doctrine is exclusive.
But the organization made the fundamentalist creed its criterion for judgement.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin saw the importance of expanding the Christ notion to a cosmic level.
“Here we are on a rock going around the sun,” says Ray Bradbury, “We should be holding hands!”
Our planet is like one little grain of sand in all of the beaches of the earth. It is so arrogant
to think that we can define the maker.
The famous five proofs for the existence of God are meaningful and have a logical substance.
But anyone reading them can simply disagree. How then to we get to an affirmation of the existence of
God? Once again, this is an intuition and an opinion.
I think we can only do it by intuition. See Jacques Maritain, “Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry.” By
intuition we can experience a transcendence. We can achieve a posture of prayer. We
experience the silence of a tree.
We experience the reality of “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard,” by Thomas Gray:
“Full many a gem of purest ray serene,
The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear:
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on the desert air.”
We can also understand, “What might have been, the saddest words ever spoken.”
So Cardinal Newman is kept from sainthood because he was a profound believer in conscience.
And as time goes on the institution will accept him as it accepted Joan of Arc.
Military obedience is robotism, the making of a cult. And there has been too much military
style obedience in religious orders. That incompetent giving the orders does not necessarily know what
she or he is doing. See Pete Seeger and his song “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy.”
We celebrate that we know little or nothing about God but we see beauty and scientists are beginning
to say…”to find the right answer, look for the most beautiful.”
Dialogue between Albert Einstein and Henri Bergson was not a debate. It was a difference of discipline.
META-Physics is to go beyond physics and into another realm of abstraction.
Casuistry is the method of many theological pursuits which try to make God fit into an
archaic creedal formula. But the earthworm and the human DNA have so much in common.
St. Paul speaks of the “mystery of iniquity.” And it surely remains that.
St. James would not be comfortable with the Nicene formula. “Pure, unspoiled religion, in the eyes of
our Abba God, is this: coming to the aid of widows and orphans when they are in need, and keeping
oneself uncontaminated by this world.” James, 1, 27.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer awaiting execution in a Nazi prison wrote his book: “Letters and Papers from
Prison.” He prophetically spoke of a, “religion-less Christianity.” Yes, the religion part is what alienates
people. A beautiful insight. Sacraments can be a diversion from praxis, reflective action.
The base community requires action from the congregation. See “The Gospel in Solentiname”
by Father Ernesto Cardenal.
There is no religion stronger than U.S. exceptionalism. Many presidential candidates are
celebrating the spiritual death which Dr. Martin Luther King feared. Spiritually dead hacks are ranting for
racial hatred, bashing of refugees, carpet bombing of children, expanded use of torture and idol worship
of the state. Many are religiously demented believing that anyone called a “bad guy” by our God given
state should be killed. This is worse than the Inquisition. The Inquisitors did not have a nuclear trigger.
The free translation of such stump speeches is: “I want to get elected so I am willing to foster and
support the death of any people who are at variance with the military, industrial, Wall Street,
congressional, gun, prison and pharmaceutical complex.”
The patriot Brian Willson tells us about the people on this planet, “we are not worth more, they
are not worth less.” He laments the killing of some thirty-million people by U.S. imperialism since the
end of World War II.
Media has entered into what is called the sin against the Spirit…knowing the truth and lying in
the face of the true. Commercial media promotes lying in its horrible advertising and
huckstering of falsehood, celebration of ignorance and jingoistic rants for the war profiteers.
Why is there virtual silence about the clear and present danger of nuclear disaster? Because the
corporations paying for the ads are getting rich on producing and “modernizing” nuclear death.
“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us….” The Lord’s Prayer.
Let’s look at how Tomas Borge, a commander of the Sandinista Revolution dealt with this directive
from Jesus. He had been brutally tortured by the military of the Somoza Dictatorship. But after
The victory of July 19, 1979 the tables were turned and he was Minister of the Interior for the new
government. While visiting his former torturer who was now in prison Tomas spoke to the
quivering convict, “I forgive you,” said Borge.
And we are blessed with his powerful poem, “Mi Venganza Personal” (My Personal Revenge).
Jackson Browne has a great musical recording of this poem.
Members of the pre-Constantinian church refused to serve in the Roman Military. They could not
confine, “Thou Shalt Not Kill” to friends and neighbors. How strange that the cult of war declares
murder is OK as long as it is of anyone considered the enemy. Of course the collateral damage,
murder of innocents, is a shame but “get over it.”.
The post Nicene Christian clerics were in love with the empire and the wars fomented by
their cult. Popes directed crusades. Death to the infidels. Many of these “infidels” were Jews and
Muslims and many were members of indigenous religions. All should have been respected.
They were not. And this is the self-condemnation of Christendom. It did not act in the footsteps
of Jesus. It acted in the footsteps of empire. Empire successfully attempted to identify itself with
the will of God. And such is the case with American exceptionalism.
Thus the Creed was used as an excuse for immorality. It is not about morality, it is about defining
God with human arrogance. What about inerrancy? What about infallibility?
These are dictates that fly in the face of both scholarship and actual history. The evolution of
Liberation Theology includes denouncing fundamentalist and dictatorial methods of
an imperial church. Compare the life style of a Cardinal and the lifestyle of Jesus who never told people
to go to church even though he went occasionally and never without conflict. He was taken to the
Temple by his parents at the age of 12 to celebrate the Passover, Luke, 2,41. The congregation of his
synagogue in Nazareth tried to kill his after his sermon, Luke 4, 28. At yet another Passover celebration
Jesus was furious. “Making a whip out of cords, Jesus drove them all out of the Temple—even the cattle
and sheep—and overturned the tables of the moneychangers, scattering their coins.” John 2, 15
Personally I want to express solidarity with the members of the holocaust created by Christendom.
The witches, the heretics, the non-believers, the Jews, the Moslems, the Buddhists, the Hindus
the Animists. Victims all. I would expect them to be welcomed by a loving God who does not have a
Giordano Bruno, Joan of Arc before her emancipation, Roy Bourgeois, still under ecclesiastical sanctions
and countless others. In the communion of saints there surely are more non-Catholics than Catholics.
As a member of this group I am confident of the mercy of God who must be sorely offended
by the immorality of the churches. What about repentance of the Church? Will it apologize for killing?
witches, heretics, infidels? Will it admit that it took the property of these innocent people? Confession
is good for the soul. Just imagine God accepting the decision of the Church to burn an elderly demented
woman as a witch? These are cult crimes which must be denounced.
And what about the Grand Inquisitor Charles Bellarmine? It seems that the canon needs a review.
And what the Roman Catholic Pope and the Byzantine Pope excommunicating one another?
Fortunately, Pope John Paul II undid that clash.
And what about an Anglican Priest coming into the Roman Church and keeping his family? No
celibacy required? There are so many irrationalities where the sound of silence continues. Critical
thought is not a welcome guest in the average parish. The priest preaches with no comments
from the people. Father Ernesto Cardenal served as Minister of Culture in the Nicaraguan government.
and Pope John Paul II chastised him publicly for being in government in spite of the fact that there has
been a long history of priests in government in Central America.
So what is to be done? My mother’s wise advice was, “Take it with a grain of salt.”
She was denouncing literalism in order to maintain her “faith.”
Jesus speaks of faith so many times. He praises people who believe that good things are possible
and who strive to make them happen.
And so we may take beautiful, profound and wise comments from the scriptures…but as Dr. King said
“I would not stop there…” as he was talking about history. He was happy to be in his history
at his time. If we understand now, we understand eternity because eternity is a perpetual now.
The bind and cast aside nature of organized religion does not seem to inspire an active faith, an ability
to change the world for the better.
What about the poem that inspired Nelson Mandela through eighteen years of harsh imprisonment,
William Ernest Henley’s “Invictus”
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
This poem expresses an active faith in conscience and a willingness to risk.
Standardized testing might be suitable in the study of religious doctrine. It is not acceptable
in the pursuit of wisdom. Reverence for the other and for her or his sacred story is a good human
quality. “You tell me that the Raven created the world…please explain. There are so many
fascinating stories about where we come from and many of them have a good message.”
I don’t need to assent to the sacred stories but I can respect them as part of the history of the human
The name of one’s religion tells us nothing about that person. However, if anyone is adhering to
a sacred story while denouncing all else as false, we have a dangerous situation. The true believer will
And this is why we must evaluate our national religion of American Exceptionalism.
The first requirement is organized silence. Don’t talk about the immanent horror of nuclear warfare,
just “modernize our arsenal.”
And the homeless? They should get a job. If the science of sociology is considered instead of long
standing and meaningless clichés we might just study the reality of the situation. Among those
who are in need of assistance in our country some 10% could work if there were jobs available.
And what about the 90% of these “lazy” people? This vast majority cannot work. Why? They
are small children, they are mentally ill, they are disabled, they are victims of substance abuse
and many have been destroyed by our endless, unnecessary and illegal war making.
They need immediate help and not eviction from their miserable encampments. But this Calvinist
mythology is part and parcel of our national religion.
But we must find who to blame. The Catholic Catechism denounces homosexuality as “intrinsically
Disordered.” Scape goats are necessary in an authoritarian society. It’s Islam, it’s people of color. But
certainly not the Banks.
Main stream conventional wisdom is the antithesis of the Wisdom of the Ages.
Conscious people are not limited by any ethnic or religious restraints.
They are conscious because of their ability to think critically, to oppose convention and to reject
ideology. Ideologues have accepted a formula for change…their creed. When history does not go their
way they pout. Ideology is a form of guess work. It is useful in proposing questions but very weak in
Joe Hill’s faith was totally alive as he prepared to be executed. His reflection led to new
insights and new answers. “Don’t mourn, organize!” That is faith.
And what is a realignment? It is a rapid and sometimes unexpected change in the thinking of
masses people. How does a realignment take place? It often takes place when millions of citizens are
angry about an obvious injustice, for example the miserable, unethical and evil distribution of wealth.
Demagogues try to direct that anger at selected scape goats. Adolf Hitler was good at this. And such
shenanigans continue today. Enemies are selected: Islam, refugees, Arabs, and “terrorists.”
Unfortunately, they are wrong on all counts. But sadly they often develop a following as Adolph did. War
Is the liturgy of the cultist frauds.
Members of the “little flock of truth” can also create a realignment. Their message is simple: distributive
justice, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and abolishing the war system. No oligarchies.
Our heresy of state religion must be rejected. We live in a counterproductive cult of militarism as it loses
war after war. The Pentagon is the Vatican of the United States Empire.
The Pentagon spends our sustenance by manufacturing harmful trash while our people search for health
care and education. Our children are immersed in a state sponsored prayer on a daily basis. One nation,
under God. They might just translate that as, “The only nation under God.”
Who are the other nations under? Cluster bombs, napalm, depleted uranium, and the promise of
nuclear suicide, “bombs bursting in air?”
Should the children have a fear of being unpatriotic without knowing that this kind of jingoism
was called, “The last refuge of scoundrels” by conscious scholars. And such it remains.
The national religion is as sacred as the crusades of Christendom. Kill on command, torture on command
lie on command. These unnatural acts drive many normal people crazy. And some of these people
become generals who are incapable of asking for anything other than more troops, more bombs, more
wars, as they search for enemies.
I will never forget the Conversion meeting held by our government after the fall of the Soviet Union. I
was present at one of the meetings.
There was a measureable fear among the military that peace might break out. What would they ever
do? It reminded me of my father speaking about the end of WW I. “Some of the Sergeants were really
upset that the war was over. Filthy coal mines were awaiting them after years of “being somebody.”
During the Conversion meeting Lockheed’s military production representatives were present.
Lockheed’s speaker was questioned about their ability to convert into peaceful production.
After some hesitation Lockheed’s person simply said, “We are accustomed to having to having only one
customer, the military.” They were obviously opposed to any other type of production. As a result, the
United States turned to Spain for high speed rail travel.
Any future military production must be non-profit. Obscene windfall profits are leading these
war mongers to our destruction. Our national objective of Full Spectrum Dominance has become a full
spectrum failure which gave birth to international resistance called ISIL.
And then there is the Chaplain Corps, we have had some great chaplains
Including Father Vincent Capodanno, my close friend and classmate at Maryknoll who is rightfully up
for canonization by the Church. Vince received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his constant
heroism during the War in Vietnam. We have also had war monger chaplains like Cardinal Francis
Spellman, The Military Vicar of the United States and cheer leader for war in Korea and Vietnam.
Churches must become centers of critical thought. Many dedicated scripture scholars are unraveling all
kinds of mythology. Let the churches become places of meditation, prayer, study and reflection as
they open their door to the homeless and offer sanctuary to refugees.
What do we do with the Vatican? It could be a great center of international thought, unfettered
research, scientific pursuits and most of all relentless peacemaking. And certainly one of the great
museums of the world. Michelangelo got it, Dante got it. They were both fortunate not to be executed
by the Church. They understood the reverence. They would not cater to the dogmas.
Where does reverence come in? Love of the liturgy, love of the music, the chants, the art.
Great artists have taken great risks as hey demonstrate reverence for life and humanity and
relegate dogma to a figurative status.
So what we write today would have been punished with decapitation or burning at the stake
not long ago. Semper idem (always the same)? Hardly. We must remain conscious of the military power
of the popes. This was true up to the papacy of Pius IX in the 19th century.
And how was the Just War concept used? Any war that supports Christendom will be a just war.
If you have a problem with that you will be declared an infidel.
God and Country? God is Country. The infallibility of the popes, the divine right of kings.
Mix and match and American Exceptionalism is born. Now practicing mass murder outside of our
borders becomes a religious act. It would be capital crime domestically. Ethics bound by national
borders, mortality bound by national borders are both sustained by racism and xenophobia.
Compassion may be forgotten internationally and very limited on the home front.
Logical reflection is required to identify the nonsense of nationalist and religious cult thinking.
Do you see any borders looking at this beautiful planet from space?
Yes, raise the mind and heart in prayer, reflection and meditation.
Who are members of the little flock? Those who recite the Nicene Creed?
No, those who look at the world with compassion, love, solidarity, courage, patience,
This is the little flock? Those who want to abolish war.
War is simply one of the components of slavery. The military is simply a refined form
of slavery. Solid research on imperial soldiers demonstrates their penchant for alcohol
and drugs. Killing is an unnatural act for a balanced human being. Suicide is now the greatest danger to
The spiritual death of the United States is so well expressed by many of our candidates
Who perfectly reflect that they are spiritually dead. More intense torture, expand Guantanamo? No due
process. Well unknown to many such law is actually now in effect and is applicable to any of our citizens
as well as “outsiders.” The problem is not that there are spiritually dead people making these
statements, the problem is that some people are clapping.
I think it is right and just to review the brutal history of Christendom. We are in spiritual solidarity with
millions who died in the Christian holocaust. And I think that God might understand my humble opinion.
Friends the division between left, right and moderate is a trap. Many of us refuse to be labeled at all in
spite of the fact that we frequently are labeled…leftists.
Left may be translated as “bad” just as “socialists” labeled “bad” not long ago.
Speaking personally, I would say many of us so labeled are actually ethicists and moralists
basing our evaluations on an ancient philosophical science. See Aristotle’s Ethics and studies that
Things often associated with the “right” like war would best be called evil. There is no need for war.
War is contagious and will most probably end the human race. But war is very profitable.
There I said it! War is the greatest evil on this planet. And war is the liturgy of the
imperial nation state, the indispensable nation state. To oppose war is to oppose our national creed.
To oppose war is a heresy and those who oppose it are heretics just like Galileo.
The religion of state considers itself to be infallible. Those who oppose it are un-American, subversives
Are we beginning to understand the religion of state? A conscious and sovereign people will
not tolerate such an abomination. The religious trap of dogma is similar to the political trap of