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Should the Holy See Acquire Nuclear Weapons?

Consider this hypothetical situation. A treaty banning nuclear weapons is agreed to. Pressure builds on nuclear-weapons states to give up their arsenals and the world’s nations collectively ask the Holy See to serve as the repository of a small stockpile of nuclear warheads, creating a special exception to the NPT.

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Why Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace Message is Such a Breakthrough

That Pope Francis consciously chose “nonviolence” as the theme of his message to the world on New Year ’s Day, 2017, is in itself a powerful fact. The Pope unabashedly pointed out that “(Jesus)… taught his disciples to love their enemies and to turn the other cheek. … Jesus marked out the path of nonviolence. He walked that path to the very end, to the cross.”

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End Drone Warfare Now!

We decry our government’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) as the new face of war. Under the U.N. Charter, a member state may use military force only in defense to an armed attack or with the authorization of the Security Council. We call for an immediate end to the use of armed drones.

Do Not Resist One Who Is Evil: Questioning Walter Wink’s Interpretation of Mt 5:38-41

Jesus’ point in Mt 5:38-42 appears to be that we are not to retaliate for evil done to us, and when someone imposes on us, we are to accept the imposition and even go beyond the minimum demanded.

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The Hope of Easter and a Disarmed World

Jesus was both a victim of torture and capital punishment. Jesus proclaimed the reign of God and he was killed because the powers could not accept it. But as we know this is not the end of the story. God raised Jesus from the dead, thereby overcoming the forces of evil and death.

Drive-By Atheism

I was walking out of the church building with a group of friends last evening when some guy driving past rolled his window down and shouted, “Jesus isn’t real.” I wonder what motivates that. More to the point, I wonder why atheists these days are so boring.

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