Vatican to host conference on just war theory

A conference co-hosted by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the global Catholic peace network, Pax Christi International is set to take place April 11-13 in the Eternal City. According to the National Catholic Reporter (April 5, 2016), the conference is said to be the first of its kind and may recommend displacing the centuries-old just war theory as the main Catholic response to violence.

The NCR report notes that Terrence Rynne, a US theologian who helped found Marquette University’s Center for Peacemaking will be one of the attendees.

Conference organizers say in a note to participants about the April event that just war teaching, “can no longer claim center stage as the Christian approach to war and peace.”

“After more than 1,500 years and repeated use of the just war criteria to sanction war rather than to prevent war, the Catholic Church, like many other Christian communities, is rereading the text of Jesus’ life and re-appropriating the Christian vocation of pro-active peacemaking,” they state.

For the entire NCR report, click here.