Standing up for peace means jail time for some | Letters | Dec. 17
December 16, 2010 · 3:23 PM
After receiving the verdict of “guilty on all charges,” five Roman Catholic Peace Activists raised their arms as one of the Jesuit fathers among them blessed the jury.
You don’t have to be Roman Catholic (or a renegade Roman Catholic), to realize that these people risked their lives by entering Bangor. I am awed by how they practice their faith. Attending church is one thing; praxis another.
All will serve prison sentences. Very well, they broke the law and must be “punished.” Who can doubt that they will minister wherever they find themselves.
Many of us who are, or were, associated with Roman Catholic Peace & Justice centers recognize that our Plowshares 5 belong in a long and ancient line of priests and nuns who sacrificed their lives for peace, for love.
Haven’t spiritual leaders of all faiths directed: “Love Each Other”? Practicing such deep faith may be way too hard and dangerous for the likes of me, though not for our five friends.
Nightly I witness in silence the faces of the young men and women killed in Afghanistan.
Was it at our knees these children learned that war and hatred are no choice, but rather “The Way”? The Plowshares 5 teach with a difference.
In blessing the jury, Father Bill blessed me and, friend, you.
They are: Sr. Anne Montgomery, 83; Fr. Bill Bischel, 81; Susan Crane, 67; Lynn Greenwald, 60; Fr. Steve Kelly, 60.