On June 20, 2017, Pope Francis will make an unusually brief visit to two Italian cities in order to pray at the tombs of a pair of 20th century priests who were ostracized by church leaders partly due to their support for pacifism and conscientious objection (see story HERE). Pope Francis’ prayers to be offered at the pacifist priests’ graves has inspired U.S. Catholics to perform a parallel prayer vigil at Ben Salmon’s grave in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Melrose Park, Illinois. Ben Salmon’s witness incorporated both aspects of the above mentioned priests, as he spent years in military prison as a conscientious objector and completed a line-by-line rebuttal of just war teaching in his MAGNUS OPUS.
Ben Salmon conscientiously objected to World War 1 and all war in opposition to the majority of U.S. citizens, the U.S. Government, and the Roman Catholic Church, of which he was a member. His conscience earned him imprisonment, solitary confinement, and a death sentence. One hundred years ago, he wrote extensively on the absence of justification for war. His life and witness are chronicled on this WEBSITE. Ben Salmon – ¡PRESENTE!