In a thread below, our friend Cheeky asked about Fr. Emmanuel McCarthy, Melkite priest and father of 13, including Benedicta, who, as a young girl was miraculously healed through the intercession of St. Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), a miracle which was instrumental in her (Edith Stein's) canonization.
He's a very, very interesting guy - a long-time peace activist. Here's his bio
Rev. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy is a priest of the Eastern Rite (Byzantine) of the Catholic Church. He is presently Acting Rector of St. Gregory the Theologian Byzantine Melkite Catholic Seminary in Roslindale, Massachusetts. Formerly a lawyer and a university educator, he is the founder and the original director of The Program for the Study and Practice of Nonviolent Conflict Resolution at the University of Notre Dame and is also co-founder of Pax Christi-USA. Rev. McCarthy is married and he and his wife, Mary, who holds a Ph.D. from Boston College, have thirteen children.
After the jump, a reader's comments about a workshop she attended, led by Fr. McCarthy:
I went to 2 weekends on non-violence that he gave at St George's Church
in Guilford CT ...). I lived there 1984-1988, don't remember the
exact year. What thought provoking days! The pastor (Fr Dan) also took
grief from some parishioners about his anti-nuke views. One Corpus
Christi he (Fr Dan) gave a sermon about the hidden, suffering Body of
Christ in the USSR and how could we think of killing them. I have never
forgotten that (obviously).
Anyway, Fr Charles (don't think he used Emmanuel then): history of
non-violence, Ambrose, Augustine, lots of Bible, talk about how each of
us could implement it. One story: (I think from Cotton Patch Gospels)
a house of black and white Christians in deep pre-Civil Rights GA,
threatened by KKK types. One of the men from the house went out and talked
to the KKK types, asked if any of them had children; some did; the
Christian talked about how hard it was to get the children back to sleep
when the KKK types were shouting etc. Situation defused. Moral: Fr C
couldn't tell us how to try to be non-violent; you had to react to
He did talk about abortion (story of how he was villified on a rape
panel when he talked about ultimately forgiving the rapist) but the main
focus of the weekends was anti-war, nukes.
He celebrated the Divine Liturgy. He taught us how to receive
Communion but said "there's a right way to receive, but no wrong way."
(meaning if we had our arms in wrong position by mistake. I've remembered
that when reading some of your commenters.)
Now older, I am no longer a pacifist (though I am uncomfortable),
although Fr Charles and his ilk are far holier than I ever can be. One of
the attendees was an FBI agent who frequently but respectfully
challenged Fr C. (real mental wrestling, but all very respectful). He was
wrestling with Romans. One Kiss of Peace they embraced and said "see you
on the top of the barricades" and laughed. (again, a story sure to
When I read the story in the NYT about Fr C's daughter, I was not
surprized. He had utter faith - reminded me very much of old Irish Caths,
except he had become Melkite. It was one of the times in my life when
I was blessed to be in the presence of a very holy person.