Brussels (kath.net / CBA) for NATO-General Josef Blotz (photo) his belief is inseparable from his military career. "Without being a Christian, I could not be a soldier," said Blotz, one of the highest-ranking German generals of the Brussels NATO headquarters on Sunday in an interview with the Catholic News Agency (KNA). Faith is not only a pragmatic help in crisis, but first and foremost a gift. The general said: "In concrete terms, the regular practice of my faith it has helped me in the difficult operations." In Afghanistan he had tried to hear Mass every Sunday.
Blotz admitted at the same time that there is a strong tension between a soldier between the Christian prohibition against killing and which is not excluded by extreme situations: "For me it is ultimately the picture of the 'miles protector', the soldier protector is an apt description for my job." Blotz has already taken part in several missions abroad; among other things, he was twice in Afghanistan.
The soldier protects others from danger. For this purpose, the use of force could be necessary, and also putting yourself in danger. Blotz was four years a member of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK). He is a member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and the Union of Catholic soldiers (GKS).
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