From Just War to Just Peace: The Time Is Now

For us as Christians, the most fundamental objection to the just war tradition is that it is incompatible with the teaching and example of Jesus, who showed us how to love and forgive our enemies and who rejected the use of violence even to defend his own life.

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End Drone Warfare Now!

We decry our government’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) as the new face of war. Under the U.N. Charter, a member state may use military force only in defense to an armed attack or with the authorization of the Security Council. We call for an immediate end to the use of armed drones.

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EVENT: Get involved in the Peace & Planet mobilization in April

Pax Christi USA is an endorsing organization of the Peace & Planet Mobilization scheduled for April 24-26. The mobilization will use the 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference to demand immediate negotiations for total nuclear disarmament and to strengthen and connect our movements that are working for nuclear abolition; economic, racial, and environmental justice; and an […]

Back to the Future: The Kellogg-Briand Pact of 1928

Not many people–and surely not many Americans–know that in 1928, the US and 64 other nations joined in “a frank renunciation of war as an instrument of national policy”: the Kellogg-Briand Pact. This footnote in history deserves to be better known for many reasons. It was a powerful expression of the loss, grief, and dismay that many experienced after World War I and the determination national leaders shared to avoid its future re-enactment.

Questioning the Portrayal of the Movie, “The Interview” in the Media

By LuAnn Mostello First, let me say that I love to go to movies. Second, let me qualify this — I prefer going to good movies. Third, the following is not a movie review. In these last few weeks, the Sony film, “The Interview” has been the topic of controversy. So far I’ve heard that […]

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Nonviolence – Jesus’ Third Way

Jesus’ teachings about loving one’s enemies and turning the other cheek have nothing to do with being passive in the face of injustice or acquiescing to evil. Rather, they have everything to do with standing up to evil and injustice, offering a “third way” to respond to conflict other than fighting back violently or running away.

Patriarch Gregorios III: “Blessed are the peacemakers”

With these words Our Lord exalts peace-makers, saying that “they shall be called children of God.” (Matthew 5: 9) Through these same Gospel words, I should like to explain the Church’s attitude to the widespread talk of arming Christians, especially in Damascus. We call upon all our faithful, in all parishes, to refuse offers of arms.

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