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Far worse than Hitler, Jesuit claims

By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 24, 2005

I've had occasion before to call attention to the ... distinctive perspective on current affairs provided by Jesuit Father John Dear. Recently Father Dear shared his insights with an audience at Boston College:

With "an arsenal that's willing to destroy the planet," an intimate involvement in the killings of thousands worldwide, and a remissness toward poverty and starvation, [John Dear, S.J.] said the U.S. government is "far worse than Hitler," who, according to Dear, encountered defeat in Bulgaria, Denmark, and Norway with active non-violent movements later mirrored in the Montgomery bus boycott and King's non-violent directive in Birmingham.

Father John Dear posts his compendious reflections on non-violence at a website bashfully titled FatherJohnDear.org. Oddly, there's a category comprising 40 million-plus victims of violence -- in the U.S., I mean -- that seems to have eluded his ethical radar. Can you guess what it is?

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Oct. 26, 2005 5:51 PM ET USA

    Click on Diogenes' link to the Boston College (bcheights) link and you will find "Father" Dear in fashionable non-clerical attire striking a similar pose to that of Adolf Hitler in the above photo (although Dear's pose the effeminate version). "Father" Dear's ideological agenda of his personal version of non-violence will not allow him to see the 40+ million murders of pre-born children... So, we pray for his conversion to the Catholic Faith...

  • Posted by: Gino - Oct. 24, 2005 8:54 PM ET USA

    Saint Ignatius please pray for your loony sons!

  • Posted by: SentimentalGent - Oct. 24, 2005 6:35 PM ET USA

    I think Father Dear's clerical collar is too tight. That's assuming that he wears one.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 24, 2005 1:43 PM ET USA

    But Diogenes, don't you know that poverty of the helpless in America is just as big of a social injustice as the murder of those helpless 46 million babies?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 24, 2005 1:10 PM ET USA

    Bl. Rupert Mayer he's not, but then, they don't make Jesuits like that anymore. As for Fr. John's sense history, I suppose no one but the lucid would argue against the the strategic relevance of Bulgaria, Denmark and Norway in WWII. (Fr. J also omits France from his list of nonviolent resistance. A curiosity, that.) Fr. John's humane treatment during his single period of incarceration --for nonviolently banging on a jet fighter with a nonviolent hammer) must have shattered the man.

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