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Follow in Jesus’ ways

To the editor:

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi’s (the Vatican’s top diplomat at the U.N.) recent statement supporting the justification of using force in the Mideast is echoing those in our country who are calling for more troops on the group " to stop the hands of the aggressor" (ISIS). So by bombing and sending troops against ISIS, apparently the Vatican’s position will have the effect of strengthening Iran’s domination in the area, including their quest to produce a nuclear weapon and will also help President Bashar, who killed over 200,000 people to continue his reign of terror in that country.

In addition, Archbishop Tomasi states further: "human dignity need to be protected ." Doesn’t it logically follow then, since unborn children — human beings — are being killed though abortion , Catholics should take up arms throughout the world against abortion clinics and hospitals "at all costs"? Of course not, because we are followers of Jesus. Jesus revealed in His life, death and resurrection, the only way to really transform evil and violence was not more violence, but God’s love even of one’s enemy.

The followers closest to Jesus’ time were willing to be slaughtered and lay down their lives as Jesus did rather than kill. They believed what Jesus taught: that this world was not all there was ("My Kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom were of this world from being handed over…" John 18:36) but there was a world to come that Jesus promised to share with his followers.

So today as Jesus’ followers we also should know as they did: "this is that we are in God, whoever claims to remain in him ." (I John 2:5-6)

Father James Hewes

Rochester

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