By Rev. John Dear Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace For its first three centuries, Christianity required the practice of active nonviolence as taught by Jesus. The early Christians refused to serve the Roman Empire or kill in its wars, and so they were routinely arrested and killed. All that changed in the year 313 … Continue reading REFLECTION: The Church’s turn toward nonviolence
by Erica Chenoweth Last week, the Vatican hosted a conference on the theme of “Nonviolence and Just Peace: Contributing to the Catholic Understanding of and Commitment to Nonviolence,” organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace along with the global Catholic peace network Pax Christi International. In their concluding appeal to Pope Francis, the … Continue reading REFLECTION: Did the Vatican just throw out its just war doctrine?