Our local church has a big billboard on the property that says RESPECT LIFE with a pink rose and a baby's hand. I know it refers to the anti abortion message. I've been tempted many times to put my "Stop The Wars" sign right beside it, but I respect the fact that I'd be trespassing and risking the wrath of some of the local churchgoers. After leaving Mass one Sunday all of the cars in the parking lot had anti abortion fliers on their windshields, and no one pursued or questioned anything about it. That was during the last elections.
Our church also has a " Right to Life" Sunday, and of course frequent homilies about the issue. When the first Gulf War was launched, the altar arrangements one Sunday were all red, white, and blue. I was told that they were donated by a soldiers family, To me it felt like more of a statement of support for the war. I never heard any condemnation of the killing that was going on....we just prayed for the troops...only our own American troops of course. The last Pope sent someone to try to talk George Bush out of attacking Iraq, and the American Bishops were against the invasion, but no one heard too much about that...no fliers on the windshields, no sermons, no big signs on the lawn.
One of the most disturbing news items that I've seen lately was about the youngest person ever executed in this country...the 14 year old who had to sit on a stack of books in order to fit in the electric chair. I'm doing some yet uncompleted research about where the Catholic church stood on that one.
Seems to me that the concern to save the unborn really trumps all other life....from wars to executions.
Other than some really cool pacifist nuns, I never seen much clergy at any of the anti war rallies. I have a hunch that Jesus would have been leading those marches, organizing vigils outside the execution sites, and changing the "God Bless America" signs to " God Bless the World".
I always thought that THOU SHALT NOT KILL had a period at the end of it.