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Just war? Enough already

Commonweal 16 June 2017, pp. 9-14 A question for sports fans: What would you make of a coach who drills his team exclusively on last-minute desperation plays, while neglecting the basics? What would you make of players whose whole mindset … Continue reading

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Pacifism in action [an interview with Gerald Schlabach]

U.S. Catholic February 2017 Gerald Schlabach first started thinking about peace and violence in the mid-1980s. He and his wife worked for the Mennonite Central Committee in Nicaragua during a time of ongoing civil revolution. A member of the Mennonite … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’s peacebuilding pedagogy:
A commentary on his 2017 World Day of Peace message

It is not too soon to anticipate the challenge of “reception.” All signs suggest that Pope Francis’s 2017 World Day of Peace (WDP) message represents only an initial response to the appeal for clearer teaching on gospel nonviolence issued at … Continue reading

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“Confessional” nonviolence and the unity of the Church:
Can Christians square the circle?

Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 34, no. 1 (2014): 125-44. Abstract: Both within and among churches that have traditionally held to just war teaching, various formulas in the last 50 years have allowed for the recognition that Christian pacifism is … Continue reading

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Can Christians square the circle?

Just Policing, Not War:
An Alternative Response to World Violence

For decades, the Catholic Church and historical peace churches such as the Mennonites have come together in ecumenical discussions about war and peace. The dividing point has always been between pacifism, the view held by Mennonites and other peace churches, … Continue reading

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An Alternative Response to World Violence

Just policing:
how war could cease to be a church-dividing issue

Abstract: Might Christians who have long been divided along just-war and pacifist lines agree some day that just policing—and only just policing—is legitimate? In an essay first written as a resource for the first international dialogue between Mennonites and Roman Catholics, the author … Continue reading

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how war could cease to be a church-dividing issue

Just policing, not war

America magazine July 7, 2003 Virtually every Christian tradition is trying to have it both ways on war. Twenty years ago the U.S. bishops published The Challenge of Peace, which explicitly paired just war and pacifism as legitimate Christian responses to … Continue reading

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