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Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness is a grassroots association dedicated to promoting biblical values of justice, care of creation, peace and nonviolent solutions to conflict.

Pax Christi International’s Summary Statement From the Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference – Rome, April 11-13, 2016

Categories: Conflict Resolution,Human Rights,Peace Advocacy

pope-francis-and-doveWe believe that there is no “just war”. Too often the “just war theory” has been used to endorse rather than prevent or limit war. Suggesting that a “just war” is possible also undermines the moral imperative to develop tools and capacities for nonviolent transformation or conflict.

We propose that the Catholic Church develop and consider shifting to a Just Peace approach based on Gospel nonviolence. A Just Peace approach offers a vision and an ethic to build peace as well as to prevent, defuse, and to heal the damage of nonviolent conflict. This ethic includes a commitment to human dignity and thriving relationships, with specific criteria, virtues, and practices to guide our actions. We recognize that peace requires justice and justice requires peacemaking.

To read the full statement from Pope Francis, please click here. To read a review from National Catholic Reporter, please click here.

 

Author: LIPW

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