The 2017 World Day of Peace Message: Our Magna Carta

Pope Francis’s exhortation on January 1st, 2017, the “World Day of Peace” gives us hope for what is possible. Pope Francis shows us how Jesus lived in violent times and yet he never took part in that violence, but he promoted peace even to his death. In this New Year of 2017 we remain committed to this movement of nonviolence in our lives and in all that we do.

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Two Obvious Ways the Knights of Columbus Serves as a Counter-Witness to the Gospel

Columbus Day is a fitting time to reflect on ways that the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Church’s largest fraternal service organization, serves as both a witness and a counter-witness to the gospel.

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Please Contact Your Bishop

If you signed on to our NCR ad, and even if you did not, we hope you’ll contact your bishop personally and encourage him to read the Appeal and heed it. Included is a sample letter to use as a starting point. Make it your own as you choose. Thank you for all you are doing to promote peace and nonviolence in this Year of Mercy and beyond!

Is the Just War Tradition Compatible with the New Testament?

Can anyone seriously imagine Jesus pulling out a sword and hacking and thrusting his way through the stone throwers? The notion that Christians can wage war as long as they kill with love for the enemy in their hearts is as foreign to the New Testament as it is to reason and experience.

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Renounce the Nuclear Idol

We have, in fact, become a nation that worships the bomb and glorifies war. As a consequence we find ourselves morally blind, psychically numb, and forgetful of the fact that nuclear weapons, deployed on land, air, and sea, still endanger all life and, in a matter of minutes, could destroy our planet and God’s sacred creation. Originally published in the Winter 2012 online Issue of Tikkun, January 23, 2012

Bill Frankel–Streit Speaks at Anti-Drone Protest

We stand on the shoulders of Giants. New Testament language: A great cloud of Witnesses. What kept them going? We can’t be them. We have to find our own source. Be who we are. We get a clue from one of those giants, Dan Berrigan.

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