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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Pacifist Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Dear Nick,

You are the only person I know that lost a beloved family member in the Vietnam War. Your brother Spike lost his life as a pilot in that awful conflict. You remember him often and by name but especially around Memorial Day. Some years ago, Ann and I went to the black, shiny curved wall Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. and sought out the name of your brother. It was a moving experience for us. He was among the 58,220 American military who died in Vietnam.

On this day I pray for and think of the men and women who died in our wars. I hope they felt like they died as patriots and in service of our country. We are urged to remember them so that they did not die in vain. The Vietnam War and the Korean War earlier sadly were wars of vanity, fear, greed and self-delusion. They were examples of the U.S. government’s self-righteous desire to meddle in other nations’ business. The communism of Russia and China was never but a perceived threat. Both those country’s power was taken up with their own internal problems of famine, poverty and economic failure. So, the mighty U.S. powers sent troops into those tiny countries of Korea and Vietnam to “halt the spread of communism.” The countries were ravaged by bombs and Naplam, millions of civilian and children were killed, thousands of U.S. soldiers and unknown millions of “enemy” soldiers were wiped out. 33,668 American military died in Korea.

The results were divided countries, international tension, bereaved and haunted civilians and the families of the war dead. There were no winners, only death and destruction. Of course, we are proud of the military who served their country and especially those who died.

Today we are at war in Afghanistan and Iraq. There are no figures on the number of the U. S. dead military that I could find.

I remain a patriotic pacifist. I think war never wins anything but death and destruction. Yes, even the Civil War and WW2 could have been prevented by serious negotiations. I want to be part of a movement that is so against war the arrogance of government is curtailed by the fact than many enlightened, loving and caring people will not fight in a war.



Tuesday, May 08, 2018


Anti-Semitism is increasing in posts on Facebook and Twitter. This is an appalling trend. No Christian or human being can justify such speech or behavior. Deep prejudice and hate are acquired and are not natural to our nature. We can erase such horrors from our minds. If one can’t erase them, I suggest therapy.

Being against the Israel’s government’s brutal policies against the Palestinians is not anti-Semitism.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Leonardo Da Vinci
By Walter Isaacson
Simon and Schuster
2017, 599 Pages

Wow, what a book about a genius and a half. The painter of The Last Supperand the Mona Lisasaw himself and an engineer, mathematician, anatomist, physicist and scientist. He noted in a letter, “I also paint.” He lived in Florence, Milan and died in Rome in the 1572. The author describes the cultural and artistic Renaissance life of Italy and also Europe. This book describes his paintings in exquisite detail but not too lengthy. I am not interested much in the sciences, which he explored. Skipping over them was just fine. I could peek in at the drawings of the human body, how light works on water and optical experiments, and then move on to the paintings, which interested me more. It is an expensive book worthy of any serious library. Who knows, it might come out in paperback, but I’ll bet your local library has a copy. In fact, you can borrow my copy if you promise to return it.

Monday, April 30, 2018


Protect Freedom of the Press from the attacks from the president. Pay for subscriptions to newspapers, magazines and all media.

Monday, April 23, 2018


I agree that helping people help themselves is a fine way to move disadvantaged people off direct payments for food and homes. We have a homeless camp outside our church of St. John the Evangelist in the Mission. We have the Gubbio Project in our church where homeless people sleep on mats on the floor of our parish. Many if not all have alcohol and drug problems. Some are seriously mentally and physically ill. Many are unemployable and untrainable. There are many complex reasons so many people are homeless and poor. Some direct payments for the care of basic human needs are necessary.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Quiet time is highly overrated. The emphasis on spirituality particularly during the last twenty years has urged meditation and quiet as ways of knowing God. My belief is that people are so different that many fail at these two methods of devotion. I was taught to meditate in seminary, in courses on meditation and on retreats. It never worked for me. I fell asleep, yearned for an end to the session or just got bored. Numbers of my parishioners testified to similar reactions.  Jamie Wright in TCC April 11, 2018, calls herself a bad Christian because she cannot find quiet in her busy life as wife and mother. The spirituality movement emphasizing quiet may cause guilt in some people and may turn them off from the church. I trust that God will find me in the turmoil of life and work.

Robert Warren Cromey
Episcopal Priest retired and living in San Francisco

3839 20thSt.
San Francisco, CA 94114

Sunday, March 25, 2018


I have written to demand The Episcopal Church Pension Fund, the Diocese of California and our financial advisor to stop investing in any organization that manufactures guns.  Remington Rand and Smith and Wesson lead the list. There are hundreds more. Look up Gun Control on the web. I hope all of us clergy and lay make similar demands. Sane gun control will only happen when gun manufacturers hurt at the bottom line.