Greetings of peace from Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore! We hope you’ve all had a great summer and are looking forward to a spiritually bountiful fall.
We’re excited that Pax Christi regions from around the country are uniting to launch a campaign to move the Catholic Church away from 1600 years of just war teaching, and to embrace Gospel nonviolence and the growing just peace tradition.
As a first step in this campaign, we are sponsoring an ad to run in the National Catholic Reporter this October (prior to the annual U.S. bishops’ meeting in November), saying that it’s time for the Church to reject “just war” as inconsistent with the teaching and example of Jesus. Attached is the text of the ad, along with a short paper that we’ll post on our website providing more information for NCR readers who see the ad.
We are trying to get at least 300 signatories and are reaching out to Pax Christi members and groups and others around the country. Will you please help us by signing on to the ad and helping defray the cost of publication?
The suggested donation is $20 for each person or couple signing on to the ad, and $25 for each organization. If you can donate a little extra, that will help us even more. Donations can be made either by check or online at the PCMDCB website.
If paying by check, please let us know exactly how you would like your name(s) to appear in the ad when you mail us your check. Please send your check, made paybale to Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore (with “JWT Ad” in the memo line) to PCMDCB, PO Box 29030, Washington, DC 20017-9030. All donations by check must be received no later than September 26, 2014.
If paying online, please go to http://www.paxchristimetrodc.org and click on the “Donate” button on the left. On the next screen, enter the dollar amount of your donation, and log in to PayPal if you have an account. (If you don’t have a PayPal account, click on “Continue” to the left of the login box, enter the requested information, and click on “Review Donation and Continue.”) On the next screen, click on the “Add special instructions to the seller” link; and in the box that opens, type “JWT Ad.” Also please let us know exactly how you would like your name(s) to appear in the ad. Then click on the “Donate” button at the bottom of the screen. All online donations must be received no later than September 29, 2014.
If we’re fortunate enough to receive more in donations than the cost of the ad, we’ll use any remaining amount for other expenses of our campaign to move the Church from “just war” to just peace.
In addition to signing on to the ad yourself, please forward this message to other individuals and groups who you think may be interested in signing on.
Thank you for all you do for the cause of peace!
Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore