“Preserving Our Freedoms” by Bishop DiMarzio

May 24, 2017 – Excerpted From Put Out Into The Deep, Bishop DiMarzio’s column in The Tablet:

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

As we celebrate Memorial Day, we remember its origins from a time of reconciliation after the Civil War to a time now when we can remember our war dead. Also, we remember our civil responsibility to be peacemakers in our country and in our world today.

Unfortunately, currently our service men and women are giving their service in the Middle East and many other difficult situations in the world; South Korea, and some hot spots in Africa, to name a few which demand the presence of the United States military, not as an international policing force, but rather as an international bringer of peace to the world. We cannot shrug our responsibility gained over the more than two centuries of our existence. Our nation based on law and principles must uphold these moral principles. It is not only to further United States interests that we protect others. Rather, it is because we have a responsibility to others given to us by God.

Read the full text of the Bishop’s column on The Tablet website.