Perennial Plowshares Activist Jailed on Hiroshima Day

September 1, 2009

WhatsHap1Fr. Carl Kabat marked Hiroshima Day this year by slipping into a Colorado missile silo and hammering on a nuclear weapon, for which he was arrested. He entered the site at about 8:30 a.m. By 8:34 he had hung banners and begun to symbolically disarm the missile. Security forces moved in at 8:57. This is his statement:

We are Fools and Clowns for

The Holy One and Humanity’s Sake

I, Father Carl Kabat O.M.I., come to this evil place today as a Roman Catholic priest of fifty years to show what insanity is in the ground here and other silos in our beautiful country.

President Barack Obama has stated, “As the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act… So today I state clearly and with conviction America’s commitment and desire to seek the peace and serenity of a world without nuclear weapons.”

The Roman Catholic Church, of which I am a priest, at the close of its Vatican Council II in 1965 condemned nuclear bombs as a “crime against humanity” and are to be condemned unreservedly.

The World Council of Churches has proclaimed that “the manufacture, deployment or use of nuclear bombs is a ‘crime against humanity’.”

I support President Barack Obama’s desire and have attempted to do my little bit in his effort.

The nuclear bomb that is in the ground here is more than 20 times more powerful that the atomic bombs we dropped on the Japanese. Each of those bombs killed more than 100,000 people. At least twenty times that number totals more than 2 million people.

The Bible says in the words of Isaiah “They shall beat their spears into pruning hooks and their swords into plowshares.”

May the Holy One have mercy on us for not doing so.

— Fr Carl Kabat O.M.I. Φ

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