The Rochester community since 1985 has launched handmade cardboard boats at Silver Lake Park as a remembrance to the many who died immediately in Hiroshima and Nakasaki along with the long term effects from the radiation that is still affecting families today.
This is an awesome start but we have a long way to go to convince our world leaders of this. Have any of you heard about the Kellogg-Briand pact, signed by many nations including the USA around 1928? This pact basically outlawed war. The outlawry of war as it was called was debated for many years by many countries following World War I and finally this pact, which has been ignored by all signees, resulted. I would venture that in our long US history of intervention since 1928 including WWII, Korea, Guatemala, Vietnam, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Grenada, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq – just to name a few, that no politician has even dared to mention this pact. Possibly, they are not even aware of it. Anyway, I would take exception to this article saying this has never been done before. Possibly never by faith leaders, but world leaders did try this in 1928.
Editor’s note: Fr. Hans Küng, the Swiss theologian, says that he has received a letter from Pope Francis that responds “to my request to give room to a free discussion on the dogma of infallibility.” On March 9th, Fr Hans King appeal to Pope Francis to give room to a free, unprejudiced and open-ended discussion on the problem of infallibility appeared in the leading journals of several countries. I was thus overjoyed to receive a personal reply from Francis immediately after Easter. Dated March 20, it was forwarded to me from the nunciature in Berlin.
Fr. Hans Kung says Francis responded to request for free discussion on infallibility dogma in the National Catholic Reporter.
Reverend John Dear wrote wonderful article on Peace and NonViolence after the meeting of 25 nations at the Vatican when the church abandons the Just war theory. 313 years after Christ died until Constantine. The next 1700 years when nations fought using the “just war” theory. John Dear who life in Peace and Nonviolence is based in Thomas Merton has wrote this wonderful article on the meeting of 25 nations at the Vatican.