#626 - Peace & Life: Rest in Peace | Powerful Speech - August 26, 2022
Carl Kabat, Rest in Peace
Father Kabat, OMI, an endorser of our consistent life ethic mission statement, joined Daniel Berrigan and six others in the Plowshares 8 action of entering a Pennsylvania nuclear weapons plant, hammering nose cones of weapons and pouring their own blood on documents. For a 1.5 hour movie on this first of over 75 Plowshares actions, see In the King of Prussia: The Trial of the Plowshares 8. He participated in many of those actions, and spent around 17 years in prison all told.
He died August 4, 2022, at the age of 88. For more on his life:
Father Carl Kabat & the Plowshares Eight: What do we risk to speak the truth?
Rev. Carl Kabat, Peace Activist and ‘Fool for Christ,’ Dies at 88
The New York Times
Carl Kabat, priest, clown and relentless anti-nuclear weapons protester, dies
National Catholic Reporter Online
Pax Christi USA
Rev. Carl Kabat
Powerful Speech in a State Legislature
Consistent life ethic supporter and Connecticut State Representative Treneé McGee (who as the incumbent won her August 9 Democratic primary) gave an excellent speech in the Connecticut House last April. Using Connecticut incidents, it detailed how abortion has harmed Black women and girls. She discusses cases of how abortion has caused medical problems and being a cover for sexual abuse when cases went unreported.
It starts at minute 12:00 in this video.
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Quotation of the Week
Statement of nations who have signed the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
August 17, 2020
Far from preserving peace and security, nuclear weapons are used as instruments of policy, linked to coercion, intimidation and heightening of tensions. This highlights now more than ever the fallacy of nuclear deterrence doctrines, which are based and rely on the threat of the actual use of nuclear weapons and, hence, the risks of the destruction of countless lives, of societies, of nations, and of inflicting global catastrophic consequences. We thus insist that, pending the total elimination of nuclear weapons, all nuclear-armed states never use or threaten to use these weapons under any circumstances . . . all nuclear-armed states are spending vast sums to maintain, modernize, upgrade or expand their nuclear arsenals . . . We underscore that these resources could be better utilized for sustainable development.