Monday 23 October 2017

Catholic group urges Vatican to renounce 'just war' doctrine

The group urged Pope Francis to help change church policy on
The group urged Pope Francis to help change church policy on "just" wars

Participants at a Vatican conference have called for the Catholic Church to renounce its "just war" theory and for Pope Francis to write an encyclical on non-violence and "just peace."

Church teaching has long allowed for "just wars" - the use of force to stop an unjust aggression - as long as certain conditions are met.

But participants at a conference sponsored by the Vatican's justice and peace office and Pax Christi, the Catholic peace movement, said in a final communique on Thursday that too often the doctrine had been used to justify and endorse military action rather than prevent it.

They called for the church instead to develop a new peacemaking framework "consistent with Gospel non-violence", and for Francis to articulate it all in a new encyclical.

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