Catholic Church Moves Toward Nonviolence?

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On October 6 and 7, the University of San Diego’s Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture hosted a conference entitled, “The Catholic Church Moves Towards Nonviolence? Just Peace/Just War in Dialogue.”  This event was a follow-up to the landmark “Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference” held in Rome in 2016 and co-sponsored by the Vatican, Pax Christi International and other organizations, including Pace e Bene.  The San Diego conference brought together members of the military, peace educators and activists.  Presenters from the Rome assembly who were in San Diego included Maria Stephan,  Marie Dennis,  Eli McCarthy, Terrence Rynne, Gerald Schlabach and Pace e Bene staff-member John Dear.  The Saturday evening keynote address was delivered by Cardinal Peter Turkson, the prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, who played a critically important role in the Rome conference.

Visit the USD conference’s home page here to watch the keynote addresses by Maria Stephan and Cardinal Peter Turkson.

See more presentations from the conference on our blog below:

The Church and Nonviolence by Terrence Rynne

How the Sermon on the Mount Can be the Church’s “Manual” for Peacemaking by Gerald W. Schlabach

Nonviolent Options and Just Peace by Maria Stephan

Nonviolence and Just Peace by Eli McCarthy

Grappling with Monumental Nonviolence: A Personal Journey by Ken Butigan

The Church and Nonviolence by John Dear