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"Charlie Liteky's heroism in Vietnam is legendary. His courage while saving the lives of numerous comrades is almost beyond belief, and he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for it. But I'm even more impressed by Charlie's moral heroism—although he would never call it that. This book recounts, in his own words, the process by which Charlie became a conscious, nonviolent warrior for peace."
--Margaret Knapke was prosecuted with Charlie Liteky and seven others in 2000 for "crossing the line" at Ft. Benning, GA.
"Bart Giamatti, once the president of Yale, later commissioner of baseball, reportedly said of Ted Williams: 'He was the kind of guy who, if he'd been born a chemist would have had to win the Nobel Prize.' Those of us who were privileged to know Charlie Liteky in religious life had similar feelings: the kind of guy who, if chance and God somehow saw to it that he ended up in a foxhole in Vietnam with a cross on his helmet, then nothing would do except for him to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Not that he was lusting toward fame, or even heroism. Just something in his make up to do what seemed practically impossible, defying human capability. Well, he did it.
"The French have an expression: notre demon est le mesure de notre ange. 'Our demon is the measure of our angel.' This, too, I think is a truth about Charlie Liteky. Great dark passions always stirred, but without them he couldn't have been fueled to the greatness he achieved. He was never a man without fierce pride. He was stubborn. But there was a childlike gentleness there that could also be perceived, a certain whimsy, a naïveté, and a wonderful ability to cackle. And the man's hands, oh, those hands that could swallow your own hand, and, if you had a football nearby and ‘lateraled’ it his way, were then capable of tossing the damn thing seventy-five yards downfield.
"That legend lived large in our seminary world, a world that seems now back beyond the moon, lost to time. But certain figures bump up large in that myth, and Charlie Liteky—or Brother Angelo, as was his professed name in the seminary—was chief among them. Sail on, sailor."
"As we prepared for the 1997 SOAW sign action at Ft. Benning, I watched Charlie repeatedly unpack and repack his small pickup truck. I teased him about it at the time but have retained that memory. Just as Charlie thoughtfully and carefully rearranged his physical possessions, he also thoughtfully and carefully reassessed his spiritual and social connections and obligations. As he learned more he accepted more; as he accepted more he challenged more. Charlie was always on a journey and this memoir allows all of us to travel with him."
"I met Charlie at the Veterans Fast for Life in 1986. His living witness and vow to place the lives of others before his own changed my life. In these uncertain times, Charlie's memoir Renunciation, inspires and challenges readers to recommit themselves to the journey for a just peace."
MEGAN RICE, S.H.C.J.:
"This is Charlie's story, really 'his-story', made available for present and future generations. It proclaims vividly Charlie's honoring the universal mandate to live and to act for the common good. The Liteky brothers (Charlie and Pat) acted in accordance with common sense, with which each of us is endowed, but to which, at times, we may not always be listening. Read this book!"
--Megan Rice is a former missionary in Africa who has been arrested almost 40 times in her quest to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
"Charlie Liteky is in the vanguard of the upcoming GREAT AWAKENING of the people of the United States. With the coming of the Trump administration, people are organized as never before. The future of life on this planet is at stake. We will not tolerate perpetual war. And war is the very greatest threat to the environment. Read Charlie’s book. He is a prophet of Church and State."