CATHOLIC NONVIOLENCE INITIATIVE: Imagining a world with papal wish for nonviolence as a style of politics


13/2/18 - WASHINGTON (CNS) — When Pope Francis said, in the title of his 2017 World Day of Peace message, that he wanted to see nonviolence as “a style of politics for peace,” it made peace teachers happy, but it also prompted them to consider what such a world would look like in practical terms.

“There’s no one country that has put it all together and become a model for these others,” acknowledged William Barbieri, who is director of the peace and justice studies program in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America, Washington. He noted, though, there are many encouraging signs of international cooperation that dovetail with peacebuilding.

Marie Dennis, co-president of Pax Christi International, is keenly interested in the moral and ethical undergirding that can support nations and societies in their embrace of nonviolence.

“What would a new moral framework look like?” Dennis asked. “What now can we add to that that we can move beyond looking at the question of ‘just war’ all the time and how can we engage in the world using powerful nonviolent strategies?”

Barbieri and Dennis, who jointly led a policy workshop during the Feb. 3-6 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering on nonviolence as a style of politics, were interviewed by telephone separately by Catholic News Service following the conference...

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