Catholic Peacemaking and Pax Christi

Authored by: Scott T. Kline , Megan K. Shore

The Ashgate Research Companion to Religion and Conflict Resolution

Print publication date:  November  2012
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409410898
eBook ISBN: 9781315613505
Adobe ISBN: 9781317041832

10.4324/9781315613505.ch21

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Abstract

The Catholic Church is not one of the historic peace churches – a group that includes the Church of the Brethren, the Mennonites, the Amish and the Quakers. In fact, many are inclined, whether fairly or unfairly, to identify the Catholic Church with the violent excesses of the Crusades, European imperialism and totalitarian rulers such as Spain’s Francisco Franco. But in spite of the Church’s association with religiously sanctioned military campaigns, militaristic foreign policies and even certain strong-armed dictators, a number of Catholics rank among the most widely recognized peacemakers in the Christian tradition: St. Martin of Tours, St. Francis of Assisi, Dorothy Day, Franz Jägerstätter, Daniel Berrigan and Mother Teresa, to name just a few.

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