Thursday, August 6, 2015
Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord: Some thoughts
There is an important moral axiom that applies always, everywhere, and to all: one may not do evil that good may come of it, or, stated another way, ends do not justify means, even in war. According to the laws of Just War an important distinction must be made between combatants and non-combatants, that is, civilians. Just as with the firebombing of the German city of Dresden, the use of nuclear weapons against Japan is not morally justifiable. The most common justification I hear in favor of the bombings is that it forced the Japanese to surrender, thus preventing the U.S. from having to invade Japan in a D-Day-like manner. This argument continues - because we dropped two atomic bombs "millions" of lives were saved. No less a person than General Dwight Eisenhower opposed the use of nuclear weapons: "I was against it on two counts. First, the Japanese were ready to surrender, and it wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing. Second, I hated to see our country be the first to use such a weapon."
Evangelii nuntiandi. It ought to be read and implemented as the magna carta for the New Evangelization. "This fidelity both to a message whose servants we are and to the people to whom we must transmit it living and intact is the central axis of evangelization" (Evangelii nuntiandi par 4).
My friends, the Transfiguration bids us to look at Jesus, to follow Him. It gives a glimpse of the glory that awaits us. I don't know about you, but in Him I place my hope.