To object, as we know and can, with calm decision against the war

Dear manager,
it is possible to accept the continuation of the ongoing global war, devastating not only for Ukraine but for much of the world, for the hungry peoples, for the environmental and nuclear risks, for millions of families who are impoverishing and falling into misery (also in Italy), for the serious damage caused to culture, international law, the ecumenical journey, the credibility of the Christian faith and all faiths, to civil coexistence? Too many are getting used to war as a background noise which they no longer perceive as dangerous or which they consider normal. Until? What event must we wait to put an end to a war that can last for years because no one militarily can win it? Ukraine faces a superpower, including a nuclear one. Russia is a country supported by other states and by NATO. The winners are the producers and traders of arms as well as economic sectors that are using it to collect immense profits. In addition to insisting to activate the diplomatic action of the UN, the OSCE, the EU and to create solidarity with the victims (campaigns “Stop the war now”, “Europe for peace”, European movement for nonviolent action and more), I remember the possibility of exercising a multiform conscientious objection. The Pope spoke about it when he spoke to young Europeans gathered in Prague last July, recalling Blessed Franz Jägerstätter who was killed for refusing to swear to Hitler: “We must commit ourselves to putting an end to this massacre of war, where, as usual, few powerful decide and send thousands of young people to fight and die. In cases like this it is legitimate to rebel ». Each in his own way. Everyone as can. But I decided calmly.

Sergio Paronetto

You are right, dear friend. Too many of us are also getting used to the Ukrainian war. But not only that: in fact, the idea continues to be propagated that this conflict that opposes not only two countries, but much more, and over which the extreme resources of terrifying arsenals lie, could end with a forceful action that bends the Russian aggressor or the Ukrainian attacker. It is not so, and it must not be so in any way. Because any solution of force would end up bringing us to absolute horror. Ukraine must not be left alone and must be rescued from the war and its vertigo which lead to both the rooting of the conflict and its escalation. We say and document it since the beginning of the tragedy, more than six months ago, and the passage of time continues on confirm it: no one can win this war and while few do business, everyone pays the consequences, even far from Europe. But above all the Europeans – Ukrainians, Russians and “Western” old and new – pay them. The upcoming winter will make it clearer even to those who, despite the bitter evidence of the facts, are still struggling to believe it. Yes, a strong personal and collective objection is needed against all this. A serene objection, despite the awareness of the growing threats, because it serves only the common good that must not continue to devastate. How Mauro Magatti returned to argue in “Avvenire” on Sunday 11 September, the only way out of the conflict is political and diplomatic. And the European Union, in the spirit of the founders and according to the appeal that I too promoted together with Anpi, Arci, the European Movement and the Italian Peace and Disarmament Network, must spend itself with clarity and tenacity to this.

SPOT BECERO WITH THE LAST DINNER: (AUTO) LET US SETTLE WITH THEM …

Dear manager,
in recent years we have repeatedly witnessed an absolutely improper use of references to biblical episodes from the Old and New Testament for advertising purposes. But it is in recent days that – in my opinion, and not only mine – the limit has been exceeded. The site “Segugio” which offers car insurance, is doing television and digital advertising using the episode of the Last Supper, and making the various characters – the “apostles” and “Jesus” himself – interpret attitudes and roles as patrons of a Roman tavern, until the end of the commercial with an overview that reproduces the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. Is it possible to conceive and propose such offensive parodies? If other religions had been offended – something absolutely execrable – perhaps controversial fuss would have already been raised, and perhaps even parliamentary questions or interpellations would have floated …

Don Alexander the Great Regalbuto (En)

Once upon a time there were television and advertising self-regulation codes, kind Don Alessandro. And there was also a healthy sense of limits even in advertising creatives that allowed not only to respect the feelings of others, religious and not only, but to make more than one spot unforgettable or, as they used to say, in the French way, more than a advertisement. She led me to search and view that commercial I hadn’t seen. And that makes, as you write, a down-to-earth parody of the Last Supper without vulgarity but in an objectively vulgar way in terms of tone and content. Personally I believe that there is no need for controversy, but that a simple and decisive reaction is right. That is a peaceful and strong … self-regulation of our behaviors. In short, for what it’s worth, the TV networks that were to offer me that spot will lose me as a spectator and whoever commissioned the parody – the managers of that “Segugio” car insurance site – can be sure that they won’t have me as a customer.

To object, as we know and can, with calm decision against the war