Breaking News--Heart Breaking News in More Ways than One
Rev Emmanuel Charles McCarthy
Archbishop Edwin O'Brien, former military chaplain and former Archbishop of the Catholic Military Archdiocese of the United States, who to this day teaches that the Vietnam War was a war in accord with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Catholic Just War Theory--as were the war on Iraq and the war on Afghanistan--was named a Cardinal on January 6, 2012. Cardinal-designate O'Brien was ordained a priest by Cardinal Francis Spellman who was also an avid supporter of the Vietnam War and the Apostolic Vicar of the U.S. Catholic Military. Edwin O'Brien's first priestly assignment after ordination was as Catholic chaplain to the United States Military Academy at West Point. He was ordained bishop by Cardinal John O'Conner, himself a former Catholic military chaplain with the rank of Rear Admiral and former Chief of Chaplains of the U.S. Navy, on March 25, 1996. During that part of the war on Iraq that began on March 19, 2003, O'Brien was the most outspoken Catholic hierarch supporting the war. From September 2005 to June 2006 while head of the Catholic Military Archdiocese he also acted as head of the Papal Visitation to U.S. Seminaries to insure they were teaching and implementing the Gospel correctly. On July 12, 2007, when he was appointed Archbishop of Baltimore, the Baltimore Examiner described him as "Army Jump-school qualified and troubleshooter for God at Catholic seminaries and remote Vietnam War firebases alike."
The College of Cardinals to this day remains free of infection by a single Cardinal who publicly believes and publicly teaches that Jesus' teaching of the Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies is the Way of Jesus, the Way of discipleship, the only Way of doing what He did.
If those in Rome, who decide who gets the red hat, could ever overcome their fear of contamination of the College of Cardinal and of the Catholic Church by Christic Nonviolence, and would want a few names of Bishops who could be at least a token representative of an entirely acceptable and orthodox position within the Catholic Church, I would be happy to froward a few such names.
After all, the selection of Edwin O'Brien and the absence of a single Nonviolent Cardinal is as clear a communication of the truth that the leaders of the institutional Church believe, teach and abide by in the execution of their explicit commission from Jesus:
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.