Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Lth Anniversary of the Good Pope's Last Encycle

"At the peak of the Cold War, when the world was still coming to terms with the threat of the existence and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Pope John XXIII wrote what would be his last 'open letter to the world,'" wrote Pope Ratzinger, calling the encyclical "a heartfelt appeal from a great Shepherd who was nearing the end of his life, calling for the peace and justice cause to be promoted vigorously across all sections of society, on a national and international level" — The legacy of John XXIII - Pacem in Terris.

Catholic theologian James W. Douglass in JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters argued convincingly that it was Pacem in Terris that led to the secret dialogue between the leaders of the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. that got former assassinated and the latter disposed, but probably saved humanity.

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