Catholicism, Nonviolence, and Peace: A New Moment in the Ethics of the Use of Force?
Ken Butigan, director of Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, presents highlights of “The Vatican Conference on Nonviolence” and the steps emerging from the unprecedented meeting to spread active nonviolence throughout the church and world to address the violence and injustice of our time.
This spring, the Vatican sponsored the landmark “Vatican Conference on Nonviolence,” that called on the Catholic Church to boldly recommit itself in its teaching and practice to the centrality of nonviolent example of the life of Jesus Christ. Attended by bishops, theologians, members of religious orders and laity from every continent, this historic conference called on Pope Francis to share with the world an encyclical on “nonviolence and just peace.” The conference also sharply criticized “just war theory,” the body of moral reasoning used by governments, armed forces, and political movements throughout the world to justify the use of violence for political ends.
In this presentation, Ken Butigan, who was a member of the conference’s international planning committee, will discuss what happened at the conference and the steps emerging from the unprecedented meeting to spread active nonviolence throughout the church and world to address the violence and injustice of our time.
Ken Butigan teaches in the Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies Program at DePaul University in Chicago. He is also the director of Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, a founder of Campaign Nonviolence, and a founding member of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Catholics for Nonviolence movement.
Light refreshments provided after the event.