BEN SALMON – UNSUNG HERO OF WORLD WAR I: 100 YEARS 1917 2017

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6 Apr 2017 - 12:30

Washington, D.C.

BEN SALMON – UNSUNG HERO OF WORLD WAR I: 100 YEARS 1917 2017, APRIL IL 6TH

April 6th is the 100th Anniversary of the United State entry into the Great War, later known as World War I. Catholic peace and justice organizations and Catholic members of The Consistent Life Network will gather to educate and witness at three Washington, DC sites.

Beginning at Catholic University,  Hannan 108, at 12:30 pm to 2 pm (parking available) , then a prayerful walk to the offices of the Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops, followed by a walk to the Archdiocese of Military Services, ending around 3:30 PM.

Catholic University students, faculty and any interested people will gather to reflect on the words of a Catholic young man, Ben Salmon of Denver, Colorado who 100 years ago resisted both state and church encouragement to go to Europe and engage the “enemy’.

The focus for the four groups: Friends of Franz & Ben (www.bensalmon.org), American Solidarity Party,   Pax Christi Metro DC ( paxchristimetrodc.org ) and The Consistent Life Network (www.consistentlifenetwork.org) will be Gospel Nonviolence & Just Peace.  All participating groups applaud the courage bishops have shown in opposing abortion and ask that they oppose war with the same vigor as their opposition to abortion.

The historic witness of faith and courage of Ben Salmon who refused as a Catholic American to follow the dictates of his church and his country to train to kill will be celebrated. “Ben Salmon was the first known Catholic in American history to directly challenge in any detail the Church’s ‘just war’ teachings.” (Unsung Hero of the Great War, Torin Finney, Paulist Press, 1989).

Friends of Franz & Ben are urging the beatification of Ben Salmon a first step to sainthood within the Caatholic Church.

This Lenten witness of prayer and reflection is open to all, especially those who believe, as did Ben Salmon,  that no war is a just war.

Contact:
Mark S. Carver
<marksc112@yahoo.com,
or call:  607-387-3916
Jack Gilroy
<,jgilroy1@icloud.com>

Or call:  607-321-8537
 

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