Vatican Conference on Non-Violence Rejects “Just War” Theory

04/15/2016 Comments (32)

James William Glass, "Richard, Coeur De Lion, On His Way To Jerusalem" (c. 1850)

Pax Christi, the international Catholic organization that promotes peace, has called for the Vatican to end its support for "Just Wars" and to instead take up the mantra of "Just Peace." The group believes that "dropping bombs" doesn't do any good, and inflicts harm on innocent civilians. But in calling for an end to all wars, Pax Christi rejects Catholic social teaching dating back 1,700 years, to the time of St. Augustine.

Vatican Conference on Non-Violence

Pax Christi International, with the backing of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, has just concluded their three-day conference on non-violence, which brought together 80 theologians and peace activists from around the...READ MORE

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What Mother Teresa Did Better Than Anyone Else, Mirrors Darkly, C.S. Lewis and his Circle, and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on What Mother Teresa Did Better Than Anyone Else by Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith of Catholic Herald link to read.

What Mother Teresa Did Better Than Anyone Else – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

Mirrors Darkly – Kevin Aldrich, Catholic Stand

C.S. Lewis and his Circle (Oxford University Press) – Stuart Dunn, Stuart’s Study

Pope Francis Has the Best Emojis – Alex R. Hey, Epic Pew

Francis’ Feast, Pope’s Hymn to Family Is A Matter of Reaching Out to Everyone – Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

Ad Hominem Violence – Randall Smith Ph.D., The Catholic Thing

Musings on #AmorisLaetitiae and a ‘Statement” From Great #confccb Priests – Fr. Z’s Blog

Amoris Laetitia: All Things to All Men – Scott P. Richert, Crisis Magazine

Those Who Should Not Receive Holy Communion Will Still Come Up and Do...READ MORE

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A Reader Struggles with the Church's Teaching on Gay Marriage

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A reader writes:

I am a cradle Catholic. Hetero. I have always felt strongly that the Church's doctrine has not caught up with the bio-science associated with homosexuality. I disagree with the Church's position, yet I am not going to become a homosexual (if that is even possible) to spite it. My own opinions are not relevant. I get that. But me having them does not make me a sinner, bad Catholic, or -- heaven forbid -- a Protestant.

For what it's worth, the Church has no doctrine about the biological or psychological origins of homosexuality.  It leaves such matters to the sciences and other disciplines to sort out just as it leave it to the relevant disciplines to sort out the origins...READ MORE

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Two Exorcists Weigh In On Ghosts and Haunted Houses

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The ghost of the Prophet Samuel appears to King Saul, as recounted in chapter 28 of the First Book of Samuel (Nikolai Nikolaevich Ge, “The Witch of Endor”, 1857)

Fearful that her deceased ex-husband was haunting her, a woman went to see Fr. Vincent Lampert, the exorcist for the diocese of Indianapolis, Indiana. Ever since her ex-husband’s death, there were strange goings-on in his old favorite room. 

The woman lived alone so when she found furniture moved around, there was no one to blame.  It was especially unnerving that an old wedding picture kept showing up on a table.  She would put it away only for it to later show up on the table again—sometimes face up, sometimes face down.

The marriage had ended because of infidelity.  When the man announced he was leaving for another woman, the wife had told him: “Rot in hell!”

Time passed and the man...READ MORE

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Few Things are More Lovely Than a Church That Looks Like a Church

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Tucked back on a side street just outside of downtown Little Rock, Arkansas, sits St. Edward Catholic Church. Its steeple can’t be seen from the highway that runs just a few blocks to the east, and its stunning architecture is mostly hidden by the buildings around it. It’s not something most people would accidentally stumble across. It’s one of those hidden treasures known only to the locals.

We found it this weekend after staggering from hotel to hotel in search of a room. Weary from a five-day-long road trip that had carried us through eight states, we gratefully collapsed in the only beds we could find, which were in a run-down hotel just blocks from St. Edward.

We woke stiff, sore,...READ MORE

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4 Reasons I Do Not Believe in the Limbo of Infants

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Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506), “Christ's Descent Into Limbo”

In my last article, I explained why the Limbo of Infants is not defined Catholic dogma, but instead a “theological hypothesis” (to use Ratzinger’s words) that Catholics are free to accept or to not accept. I promised a follow-up giving my own reasons—certainly not the only ones that could be given—why I do not believe in Limbo.

I need to start with the “Big Red Disclaimer,” as Jimmy Akin has called it: This is not just a theoretical or theological discussion for me. Ten years ago, on April 18, 2006, my daughter was stillborn. Where is she? I asked pointedly in RCIA one night. And I was told about the baptism of desire, and that the birth waters were Caitlyn’s baptismal waters.

As it turns...READ MORE

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The Remarkable Conversion of an Abortionist

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Dr. Anthony Levatino

Talk about a conversion story.

Dr. Anthony Levatino is an OB/GYN who performed roughly 1,200 abortions in the Albany, New York area, including second trimester ones, before a radical pro-life conversion. 

For most of us it's simply unfathomable that someone could routinely do abortions—something Levatino describes as far more brutal than most people realize—and lay out the dismembered parts of an unborn child.

For Levatino, the truth is, his journey from abortionist to pro life advocate was a long one.

I used to tell myself a million excuses to justify what I did: ‘We need the money.’ ‘I'm not pro-abortion, I'm pro-woman.’ ‘Abortion is only a small part of what I do as a doctor.’  I...READ MORE

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Countdown to World Youth Day: Singing the Sacred in Krakow

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Fr. Tomasz Grabowski

During a research trip to Krakow, I was able to time my journey with the ordination of a good friend. My guest room was across from a noisy bar, so adjusting to jetlag seemed to a fruitless effort. (Travel tip: don’t forget your ear plugs.) The morning of the ordination, I slept through my alarm and frantically rushed into the church, still in something of a daze because my body thought it was 3am. 

I will never forget what happened next. The music started and I was suddenly taken to a place of beauty I never been to before. My fatigue vanished and I was completely enthralled with the orchestra’s accompaniment throughout the ordination Mass. It was a Mass where the joy of the occasion –...READ MORE

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