Why Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace Message is Such a Breakthrough

That Pope Francis consciously chose “nonviolence” as the theme of his message to the world on New Year ’s Day, 2017, is in itself a powerful fact. The Pope unabashedly pointed out that “(Jesus)… taught his disciples to love their enemies and to turn the other cheek. … Jesus marked out the path of nonviolence. He walked that path to the very end, to the cross.”

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Do Not Resist One Who Is Evil: Questioning Walter Wink’s Interpretation of Mt 5:38-41

Jesus’ point in Mt 5:38-42 appears to be that we are not to retaliate for evil done to us, and when someone imposes on us, we are to accept the imposition and even go beyond the minimum demanded.

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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.

Is the Just War Tradition Compatible with the New Testament?

Can anyone seriously imagine Jesus pulling out a sword and hacking and thrusting his way through the stone throwers? The notion that Christians can wage war as long as they kill with love for the enemy in their hearts is as foreign to the New Testament as it is to reason and experience.

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PCMDC-B Remarks at TASSC Anti-Torture Vigil

We are honored to be partners with TASSC in the vital work of abolishing torture and holding accountable those who authorize it. May the cruelties and hardships endured rise as prayers to God to hasten the day when the evil of torture is eradicated from society.

A Soldier for Christ

As a Catholic Christian, I was confirmed when I was in sixth grade. I don’t remember much about the confirmation although being called a “soldier of Christ” during the ceremony is one thing that did make a lasting impression. It has taken me quite a while to get a good understanding of what I think a “soldier of Christ” should mean. Too many Christians believe being a good soldier, whether for the empire or for Christ, means a willingness to inflict adversity on another rather than receive it in the grace and peace of Christ.

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