Ryan Hammill: Could Pope Francis Be Ready to Throw Out Just War Theory?

Cardinal Turkson celebrates Mass at Just Peace conference in Rome, April 2016 (Pax Christi International)
Cardinal Turkson celebrates Mass at Just Peace conference in Rome, April 2016 (Pax Christi International)

A shout out to Ryan Hammill who wrote a great post Could Pope Francis Be Ready to Throw Out Just War Theory? following up on the Catholics, Nonviolence, and Just Peace conference in Rome in April. Below are some of the quotes he included from me. Check here for more media round up on the conference.

But Rose Marie Berger, who wrote one of the background papers for the conference (and serves as an editor for Sojourners) remarked that the push to move past just war theory originated among people experiencing violence themselves.

“Too often the ‘just war theory’ has been used to endorse rather than prevent or limit war.”

“At our meeting in Rome in April we heard a clear call from Catholics in the majority world and in situations of extreme conflict that the Church’s teaching on war and peace was not only insufficient to the level of violence they are facing but it was, in some cases, contributing to that violence.”

She said she would welcome an encyclical on peace and nonviolence from Pope Francis.

“The church is thirsting for fresh teaching here and hungering for this conversation,” she said. An encyclical would not only “add to the church’s wisdom,” but also prompt a “world-wide conversation.”

“Pope Francis has made it clear that ‘peace’ is the third pillar of his legacy,” Berger said.

Read Ryan’s whole article.

 

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