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By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, Jan. 05, 2022

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. …

 

War stories attract our curiosity and attention with exciting accounts of courage and cowardice. They also help wring out excessive religious sentimentalism—all-too-common in a comfortable consumer society—by provoking urgent questions about the purpose of life. Some say there are no atheists in the foxhole. But others who have experienced the horrors of war question Divine benevolence.

Historian William Manchester, commissioned by the Kennedy family to document the assassination of JFK in his The Death of a President, also wrote his memoirs in Goodbye, Darkness. Manchester was a Marine in the South Pacific in WWII. Suffering from PTSD nightmares, in the 1970s, he returns to the post-war islands to confront his memories and come to terms with them. …

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