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Rev. Emmanuel C. McCarthy Calls on Americans
to Follow the Nonviolent Way of Jesus
By Eileen Fleming
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, July 5, 2010
- Why it is that "Everyone but Christians understands that Jesus
- "The struggle is in the mind. We must bury our own monsters and
stop condemning people. We are all Christ and Hitler. We want Christ to win.
We're trying to make Christ's message contemporary. What would he have done
if he had advertisements, records, films, TV and newspapers! Christ made
miracles to tell his message. Well, the miracle today is communications, so
let's use it."-John Lennon
- "How can you kill people, when it is
written in God’s commandment: ‘Thou shall not murder’?"– Leo Tolstoy
It takes a deep faith in Jesus to speak the truth about
Jesus, and only one with the deepest of faith will dare to speak the truth
that Jesus spoke.
For over forty years, Reverend Emmanuel Charles
McCarthy has been working, writing, speaking and trying to educate the flock
that to follow Jesus requires one to accept His Way of Nonviolent Love of
friends and enemies.
book A Cry to the Churches and Their Leaders to Stop Running from the
Nonviolent Jesus and His Nonviolent Way Rev. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy,
begins by asking:
What is Gospel Nonviolence All About?
“Fear Not!” The God of Jesus, the God who is Jesus is not going to hurt
you—no way, nowhere, no how. The God who is Jesus is love (Greek: agapé),
unconditional, everlasting, irrevocable love.
If Jesus knows what He
is talking about, then God is a God of Nonviolent Love. God is Nonviolent
Love because Jesus—who teaches that He is one with the Father (jn 10:30) and
that to see Him is to see the Father (jn 14:9)—is Nonviolent Love made
No longer is there a need to fight and kill to try to do the
impossible—to preserve the intrinsically impermanent in order to have
security and peace. Peace and security, eternal survival and everlasting
love are given to us because we, all of us without a single exception, are
the immortal and infinitely cherished sons and daughters of a Parent who is
immortal Life and Love Itself.
As St. Edith Stein expresses it a few
years before her death at Auschwitz:
I know myself held, and in this
I have peace and security—not the self-assured security of a man who stands
in his own strength on firm ground, but the sweet and blissful security of
the child which is carried by a strong arm. 
Edith Stein was born
into an observant Jewish family on the Jewish High Holy Day of Yom Kippur,
October 12, 1892. At the age of thirteen, she underwent a crisis of faith
and no longer believed in God and decided to devote her life to the pursuit
of the truth. When she was 31, she converted to Christianity and for the
next ten years spent her days teaching, lecturing, writing and translating.
In 1933 she became a cloistered Carmelite nun.
Edith was a
celebrated philosopher, a leading supporter of the early twentieth century's
phenomenological school of thought, which explored human awareness and
perception. She was arrested by the Nazi’s on August 2, 1942, transported to
Auschwitz where she perished in a gas chamber on August 9, 1942. She was
canonized a saint on October 11, 1998 because of the miracle cure of Teresia
Benedicta McCarthy, the daughter of Rev. McCarthy.
swallowed a large amount of an over-the-counter analgesic that causes
hepatic necrosis in small children. Rev. McCarthy called on their relatives
to pray for Edith Stein's intercession and shortly thereafter, while in
Massachusetts General Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit she sat up and was
completely healthy. Dr. Ronald Kleinman, the pediatric specialist who
treated Teresia Benedicta, testified about her recovery to Church tribunals,
stating, "I was willing to say that it was miraculous."
reality is only what they see, but Rev McCarthy comprehends:
reality is but a speck of reality. Most of what is most important in life
takes place on the invisible side of existence. Each life is an icon, a
visible image of invisible realities…
The only way in this world
that any person can be known—and that includes Jesus—is by his or her words
and deeds. Separate a person from her or his words and deeds and there is
nothing of the person to experience, to know or to have faith in.
The only Jesus Christ that exists is the Jesus Christ of the words and deeds
found in the Gospel. Separate Jesus from His words and deeds, and all that
is left is a non-existent, humanly created, imaginary character named Jesus.
For example, the Jesus of the Gospels is Jewish, regardless of how many
Irishmen think, say or wish He were Irish! Any presentation of Jesus as an
Irishman from Dublin rather than as a Jew from Nazareth is a presentation of
a Jesus who is no more a person of historical existence than is Spider-Man.
This American Irish dissident with Russian and Jewish DNA
came to know Jesus as a social justice NONVIOLENT Palestinian devout Jewish
road warrior who agitated Temple and State during my first of seven trips to
Israel Palestine in 2005, and ever since I have irritated many Christians
who are more interested in socializing than in the social gospel.
Rev. McCarthy helps explain why:
It has long been known in
Christianity that adoration of Jesus (Praise the Lord!) is much less costly
than imitation of Jesus.
Most Christians are members of Churches
that praise Jesus while simultaneously dismissing His Way of Nonviolent Love
of friends and enemies.
This spiritual schizophrenia of worshiping
the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospel while morally endorsing the way of
homicidal violence and enmity is so pervasive in the Churches of
Christianity and in the Evangelical movement that it is experienced as
spiritual sanity and theological acuity.
Most nationalistic or
ethnic Christians proudly and matter- of-factly say of their Christian
ancestors: “Our forefathers, they lied, they killed, they plundered
but...they kept the faith!”
There is possibly no more mammoth
spiritual incongruity, no more anti- Gospel spiritual ejaculation, no more
distorted presentation of Jesus and His Gospel than the title of the popular
Christian Hymn, “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition!” [Ibid]
In an email response to my theological struggles, Rev. McCarthy wrote me:
Authentic science tells us the truth via DNA that the human family is
one unique genetic unit. Fireflies may have 65% of human DNA, chimpanzees
may have 97% of the DNA of humans, but all humans have 99.999+% of the same
DNA and no other living entity does.
Human solidarity, unity,
oneness is a scientific fact in the authentic meaning of the word science
today. Seriously integrate this scientific fact into religious consciousness
and all the b.s. about nationalistic, ethnic, racist, classist gods
evaporates like the logical arguments for and against the number of angels
on the head of a pin. But authentic science also tells us that physical
solidity is an illusion. So how is this to be integrated into religious
consciousness in term of worship, doctrine, ethics, etc?
illusion of physical solidity is as much a scientific fact as the unity of
human DNA or E=mc2. Madelene Engles calls the physicist the new theologian.
Knowing a few of them I doubt that. But the verified content they are
placing before human consciousness is truth that religions, including
Christianity, have not dealt with to date. They haven't dealt with it
because it invalidates so much of what they have built up institutionally.
Clement, Tertillian, Polycarp and every other early Church
Father taught that violence was a contradiction of what Christ was about.
The first and greatest heresy in the Christian faith occurred in
the third century when Augustine penned the "Just War Theory" for church and
state united and "our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy,
rotten system."-Dorothy Day
One of the greatest Christian spiritual
leaders of all time, Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk that listened to Bob
Dylan LP's in his hermitage in Kentucky during the '60's and who was the
first religious voice to rise up and speak out against the Vietnam War
"The duty of the Christian at this time is to do the one
task God has imposed upon us in this world today. The task is to work for
the total abolition of war. There can be no question that unless war is
abolished; the world will remain constantly in a state of madness…The church
[meaning all Christians] must lead the way on the road to the abolition of
war…Peace is to be preached and nonviolence is to be explained and
Current estimates are that thirty-five wars are
currently being fought in the world.
America is connected to every
one of them.
Under the Obama Administration, unmanned drones have
killed hundreds of children.
We the people of the USA pay to
warehouse twenty-five thousand nukes and we inhabit a world darkened by
bureaucratic systematic institutionalized structures of violence that kill
human beings through war and poverty and all the consequences of destruction
and despair that flow from corporate greed, violence and fundamentalist
Nonviolence is at the core of every religion and Jesus
promised it is the peacemakers who are the daughters and sons of God-NOT
those that bomb, torture or occupy any!
Jesus denounced injustice,
turned over the tables of the bankers in the Temple, was arrested, jailed,
tortured and brutally executed, but he remained nonviolent, compassionate
and forgiving to all.
Jesus called us to love our neighbors- meaning
everyone on the planet, to be compassionate to all, to seek justice for the
disenfranchised, to forgive our enemies, to put down the sword!
death on the cross was in vain if those who claim to follow him do not have
eyes to see and ears to hear that his ministry was all about breaking the
bonds of political, economic and tribal religiosity.
His death on
the cross is in vain, if we who claim to follow him do not end the cycle of
violence for God created, loves and is in all beings and within all of
It is a lack of imagination that accepts a future of
It is fear of the other that fuels fundamentalism.
It is heretical Christianity that supports empire in this world and does not
support what Jesus stood and died for: NONVIOLENCE, forgiveness, compassion
and love for all people.
It is heretical Christianity that defies
that "God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. There
is no fear in love. Perfect love drives out all fear because fear has to do
with punishment." 1 John 4:16, 18
The heretical Christianity of
empire thrives on fear of the other but Jesus said: "FEAR NOT! You shall
know the truth and the truth will set you free."
of Christianity leaves behind all the non-negotiables Jesus taught for those
who claim to be a Christian: which is you must not judge the nonbeliever and
you must forgive, pray for, bless and love your enemies!
is not with Christianity but that too few have done it the way Jesus taught
and modeled: to always work for PEACEFUL resolutions, even to the point of
returning violence with compassion and forgiveness, as Jesus did when nailed
to a cross and he prayed: "Father forgive them, they do not know what
they are doing."
Christians are called by God to prayerfully use the
gift of discernment and to test all things according to the Spirit and
teachings of Jesus.
A true follower of Jesus- or anyone with a good
conscience- would choose equality, fraternity, community and nonviolent
creative resistance to the evil that is violence.
It is willful
ignorance, apathy and arrogance that are holding back the transformation of
hearts and minds to understand that war is the ultimate form of terrorism
and supreme expression of the spirit of the anti-Christ; meaning against
what Christ taught and modeled with his life.
In the Sermon on the
Mount, Christ laid down the principles by which to guide lives and he warned
that, “Whoever hears these sayings of mine, and put them into practice, I
will liken him to a wise man, who built his house upon a rock; and the rain
descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that
house; and it did not fall, for it was founded upon a rock. And
everyone that hears these sayings, and does not put them into practice,
shall be likened to a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand; and
the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon
that house; and it fell, and great was its fall.” (Matt. 7:24-27)
Paul warned all followers of Christ to "not judge the non-believer; it is
none of your business. But, when it comes to the believer, provoke one
another to good works."
Rev. McCarthy has chosen to provoke with:
An invitation to participate in the
ANNUAL FORTY-DAY FAST
Truth of Gospel Nonviolence
July 1-August 9
“This is the kind (of
unclean spirit) that can be driven out only by prayer and fasting.”-Mark
PRAYER OF PETITION FOR THE FORTY DAY FAST FOR THE TRUTH OF
For uniting all churches in proclaiming the
truth of the nonviolent Jesus and his way of nonviolent love of friends and
Abba, in the name of Jesus we ask you to send the Holy
Spirit to gather the Churches together, so that with one voice they may
proclaim as God’s Way Jesus’ Way of Nonviolent Love of all people—friends
and enemies—and thereby teach that Violence is not the Christian Way,
Violence is not the Holy Way, Violence is not the Catholic Way,Violence is
not the Apostolic Way, Violence is not the Way of Jesus, and thus set
Christians free forever from bondage to the unholy, uncatholic, unapostolic,
unChrist-like ways of the false gods and philosophies of holy, good and
justified homicidal violence and enmity.
We plead this grace so
that the Nonviolent Lamb may be our Lord in deed, as well as, in word and
We request this gift so that the Christian Community may
be—for afflicted humanity—a faithful witness to Jesus’ Way of overcoming
We implore this healing so that the Church may be an authentic
extension in time and space of the Way of the Lamb of God, of the Way of the
Nonviolent Jesus which is the Way to renew the face of the earth. Amen.
Our Lamb has conquered—let us follow.
An Invitation to Fast for the
Truth of Gospel Nonviolence
Jesus Christ is the incarnation of the
only true God who is Agapé, Unconditional Love, Unending Forgiveness and
Everlasting Mercy toward all without exceptions. The person who accurately
sees Jesus sees God, for Jesus and God are One. It is the Spirit of this God
which is life-giving. It is this God in whose image and likeness we are
formed. There is no other God. All that is not of the only true God is
idolatry and death.
The God of the New Testament, the God who dwells
fully in Jesus Christ, the only true God is not a warrior God who will lead
people in historical victories over enemies. The Way of Jesus is not the way
of violence, retaliation and enmity. The Way of the Jesus of the Gospel is
the way of nonviolent love. What Jesus taught by word and deed for times of
common affairs, as well as times of crises, is nonviolence, non-retaliation,
love of enemy, forgiveness seventy times seven, return of good for
evil—mercy. Since God is love and Christ is God, to live in the life of God
is to obey Jesus’ new commandment “to love one another as I have loved you.”
This means that the Christian—the one who says he or she desires to follow
Jesus—commits herself or himself wholeheartedly to following Jesus, who did
not use violence and who did not threaten the use of violence, but chose
instead—even under the threat of lethal violence—to overcome evil with good.
Jesus Christ is the truth of God and nonviolent love of friends and enemies
is the truth of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, it must be said clearly,
and again and again, that violence is not the Christian Way, that violence
is not the Apostolic Way, that violence is not the Way of Jesus, that
violence is not the Way of God. It must be said clearly, and again and
again, that this does not mean that only nuclear war and induced abortion
are contrary to the way of Jesus—but all violence and retaliation, even
culturally condoned, indeed honored, violence and retaliation, are contrary
to the way of Jesus. Therefore an activity that cannot be conducted without
violence or an end that cannot be achieved without violence, is an activity
or an end that cannot be conducted or achieved by the followers of Jesus
The Churches’ and humanity’s mutiny against mercy must
cease. Jesus’ teaching is clear. Christ authorized no one to substitute
violence for merciful love toward friends or enemies. As the renowned
biblical scholar, Rev. John L. McKenzie, concludes, “If Jesus did not reject
any type of violence for any purpose, then we know nothing of Him.”
The god who endorses, supports or commands war is not the God of Christlike
mercy. All the ways of God are mercy. In the Incarnation of Mercy in the
Nonviolent Jesus, God’s Being, which is from eternity to eternity outside of
time and beyond the world, unfolds itself in time and before the world.
Mercy is what God is. Mercy is why we are. Mercy is what we need. Mercy is
what God wants. Mercy is the supreme attribute of the Father, the Son and
the Holy Spirit. The Way of Christlike Mercy, not the way of violence, is
the path of our pilgrimage to the Absolute.
Yet, since the third
century most Christians have not proclaimed that violence is not the
Christian Way, that violence is not the Catholic Way, that violence is not
the Apostolic Way, that violence is not the Way of Jesus. In fact, during
the last 1700 years, at one time or another, Christians have justified as
consistent with the Way of Jesus participation in such activities as war,
capital punishment, torture, the burning of heretics, witches and
homosexuals, colonialism, violent enmity-creating nationalism, violent
revolution, abortion, genocide, wife-beating, child-beating, etc. The
spiritually symbolic low point of this false proclamation of the Gospel—this
incarnational heresy— occurs on August 9 in the year of Our Lord during
World War II.
On that day of Our Lord in 1942 Christians in
Auschwitz, Poland—because of the nurturing they received in their
Churches—believed they were following the Way of Jesus when they destroyed
Edith Stein, Saint Teresia Benedicta of the Cross, in a gas chamber. On that
day of Our Lord in 1943 Christians in Berlin, Germany—because of the
nurturing they received in their Churches—believed they were following Jesus
when they beheaded Blessed Franz Jagerstatter, a Christian who refused to
join Hitler’s military. On that day of Our Lord in 1945 Christians from the
United States—because of the nurturing they received in their
Churches—believed they were following Jesus when they evaporated the people
of Nagasaki, the oldest and the largest Christian community in Japan.
Today, as for most of the last 1700 years, most Christians continue to be
nurtured by their Churches and their Churches’ leadership to justify as
consistent with the Spirit of Christ those energies, understandings,
emotions and spirits which lead inevitably to August 9. Today most Christian
Churches still do not unequivocally teach what Jesus unequivocally taught on
the subject of violence and enmity. Today most Christian leaders and most
Christians obstinately continue to proclaim that violence is the Christian
Way, that violence is the Apostolic Way, that violence is the Way of Jesus.
They are eternally dead wrong! They are destructively spreading untruth as
the salvific truth taught by Jesus. They are, to date, an unstoppable
spiritual and moral catastrophe in the Church and for all humanity.
It is because of this tragic and sorrowful fact that this Forty Day Fast is
undertaken again this year. This Fast is a call to the Christian Churches,
to Christian Church leaders and to individual Christians to repent and turn
to the Christ and learn what God’s will is and how to live it. It is a call
to learn from Him who unambiguously teaches by word and deed the Way of
nonviolent love of friends and enemies as the Way of God and the Way of
This Fast is a prayer that the Universal
Church will gather in Ecumenical Council on some August 9 in the not too
distant future and declare once and for all that violence is not the
Christian way, that violence is not the Apostolic way, that violence is not
the Holy way, that violence is not the way of Jesus, and thereby
disassociate Herself forever from the tribal gods, philosophies and politics
of homicide and be for all humanity the extension in time and space not of
Cain but of the nonviolent Jesus Christ, who teaches as the Way of God a Way
of nonviolent love of all—friends and enemies—with no time-outs and no
Please pray and fast as you are able. The smallest
effort done in Christic love in order to bring Jesus’ salvific truth, life
and love to humanity will be honored by God and will be fruitful beyond all
Submitted for your personal and merciful meditation in
Christ-God, amidst the anguish and absurdity of a world being mercilessly
crucified daily by humanly created and religiously endorsed violence and
Reverend Emmanuel Charles McCarthy
Wrong with American Christians?
Eileen Fleming, Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and
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