Eli McCarthy is a professor at Georgetown University in justice and peace studies, steering committee member of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, a project of Pax Christi International, and the director of the DC Peace Team. His recent book is a Just Peace Ethic Primer: Building Sustainable Peace and Breaking Cycles of Violence (Georgetown University Press, 2020).

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Pope Francis, Ukraine and effective nonviolent resistance

In addressing the violence of Russia's war against Ukraine, the pope is trying to shift our gaze. It is a shift that Jesus models, toward pastoral accompaniment and a focus on how we might break the violent dynamic.


Wester's powerful letter part of hopeful trend: bishops arguing for nonviolence

Perspective: We don't always hear about Catholic bishops drawing us to the active nonviolence of Jesus. Yet, a pattern is emerging, especially with Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester's recent pastoral letter urging nuclear disarmament.


Francis' 'Fratelli Tutti' weaves the threads of nonviolence and just peace

Commentary: The recent encyclical by Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti, offers a critical step toward the illumination of nonviolence and a just peace moral framework, breaking down the old concept of "just war."