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The Guardian: UK chaplains in Afghanistan: ordinary priests with an extraordinary flock

October 6, 2011

With their camouflage Bibles and combat crosses, the forces’ 278 chaplains are outsiders in the church and the military, writes Riazat Butt in Nad ‘Ali, Helmand province, for the Guardian.

The Reverend James Francis was travelling in an armoured vehicle north of the Bowri desert in Afghanistan, accompanying the Brigade Reconnaissance Force during the stopping and searching of vehicles for insurgents, when a Royal Marine interrupted his chat with a gunner to ask if it was right to kill.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    October 6, 2011 20:03

    It is right for christian to kill?
    it is a big question.
    Usually the answer is not, except the case of legitime defense. We must define this concept, that is vaste.
    If I see others kill people, if i must defend them, how may I act?
    The answer is “I must defend the life of others, I may not consent that men kill others men that are on peace and on peace live”.
    A christian is obliged or not to defend others? On my opinion yes.
    If the christians,telling of the “Olocaust”, should have had the possibility to act, milion of people will be on life.
    I admire Reverend James Francis, who done to soldiers a spiritual assistance, tell them of God, confort them when the ame need it.
    Thanks to him.
    Claudio Alpaca

  2. October 7, 2011 00:55

    I don’t believe that any of us are in a position to comment or judge. There for the grace of god go I. I am comforted by the fact that we do indeed have chaplains for all faiths and none.

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