Sunday, January 29, 2006

We stand in solidarity with the St. Patrick’s Four…

We stand in solidarity with the St. Patrick’s four. There is no way to reconcile killing with the teachings of Jesus. Pope Pius XII said, “War brings no lasting benefit, but a host of misfortunes and disasters. Differences among men are not resolved by arms, bloodshed, or destruction, but only by reason, law, prudence, and justice….” (Laetamur Admodum)

Anthony Fazzio
Lafayette Parish Democratic Executive Committee,
Lafayette, Louisiana.
Louisiana State Democrat Central Committee


Blogger Nicholas Jagneaux said...

Mr. Fazzio,

I had the opportunity to listen to you and Fr. Buddendorf yesterday at the Catechitical Conference at St. Thomas More. You might remember me; I was in the PM session, sitting roughly in the middle of the classroom.

I wanted to let you know that I appreciate your efforts to spread the knowledge of our Church's teaching on conscientious objection. This option should be made known to everyone, and your efforts in disseminating this should be applauded.

Our society depends on a free exchange of ideas, and the ideas of your message should be heard, too. They act as a necessary counter-balance against any headlong rush into war, slowing our inclination for engagement long enough to consider whether such engagements are just.

However, I do believe that military service is honorable. Though I did not serve myself, I greatly respect those who do serve our nation and protect our freedoms.

I would like to draw your attention to two items for your consideration. Firstly, Gaudium et Spes (79) says "as long as the danger of war persists and there is no international authority with the necessary competence and power, governments cannot be denied the right of lawful self-defense, once all peace efforts have failed".

Furthermore, the "threat of war hangs over [us] and will so continue until Christ comes again".

In light of this Church teaching, the maintenance of a military is a requirement to safeguard our society.

You should know that I don't use the above to justify either the current military action in Iraq, or any other specific action in the past. Rather, it is because I worry that some pacifist movements believe that man can create the Peace of Christ himself. And in believing so, such movements will seek to eliminate our ability to defend ourselves by dismantling our military capabilities. We must stand guard against the threats that exists until His coming.

Lastly (as I know I've become long-winded), I would like for you to comment on the following passage:
[Jesus] said to them, "But now one who has a money bag should take it, and likewise a sack, and one who does not have a sword should sell his cloak and buy one." Luke 22:36

I wonder how this directive from Jesus can be reconciled with the teaching you provided yesterday. I do not mean this in an antagonistic way. It appears, on the surface, to contradict Matt 5:39 (turn the other cheek) - why would one need to buy a sword if one should not use it?

I am sure that there is an explanation for this apparent contradiction, and that maybe you have the answer.

Please feel free to contact me at

Nicholas Jagneaux
Ville Platte, LA

3:18 PM  

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