Making a Difference: "War never again. It is peace, peace which must guide the destinies of peoples and of all mankind."
Fr. Larry Snyder's 10 years of service as president of Catholic Charities USA are made up of countless "moments," he said, that illustrate how the national network of local agencies are working to "bring about a society that cares for all God's children."
The priest made the comments during the annual Catholic Charities gathering Oct. 4-7 in Charlotte.
Snyder will leave the post in February to become vice president for mission at the University of St. Thomas in his home St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese.
Catholic speakers and scholars at a Colorado university discussed whether historical promises made by the U.S. to other nations have been held and if America is looking carefully at each criteria of the just war theory in determining actions in the Middle East rather than taking an all-in stance.
Craig White, a former U.S. diplomat to the Middle East, and Christian Brugger, a moral theology professor at St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver, discussed just war Oct. 14 at Colorado State University.
Making a Difference: True respect for life requires us to get out of our comfort zone. Do you respect life in all arenas, or just one?
Pax Christi International was born 70 years ago of two people who advanced ideas that were jarringly dissonant in the context of that time.
On Saturday, a group of protesters interrupted a St. Louis Symphony concert, in which the symphony played Brahms "Requiem," just prior to its second act by singing, "Which side are you on, friend, which side are you on? Justice for Mike Brown is justice for us all." They unfurled signs from the balcony that read, "Requiem for Mike Brown 1996-2014," "Racism lives here" and "Rise Up and Join the Movement." The protestors sang for about 90 seconds then exited, chanting, "Black lives matter."
Community groups are calling for supporters from around the country to join them in a Weekend of Resistance in Ferguson, Mo., Oct. 10-13. Planned events include meetings, trainings and discussions on a variety of topics, along with a Día de los Muertos event, art installations, film screenings, and a Clergy/Faith Day of Action. The biggest events are projected to be a mass march through downtown St. Louis and demonstrations at several locations around the area.
Georgia Walker, of PeaceWorks Kansas City, was found guilty Sept. 26 of trespassing on private property at the Bannister Federal Complex in an act of civil disobedience to bring attention to the harmful nature of nuclear weapon production and usage May 31.
A new documentary is on the shelves, and those who helped create it hope that its message will stay in public consciousness. Released on DVD Sept. 23, the award-winning film “Hit & Stay,” documents an era of civil disobedience during the Vietnam War.
I was at our Loretto Motherhouse for a meeting of the Committee for Peace and one of the sisters asked a couple of us what the U.S. should do about the Islamic State militant group. She hadn't signed any of the petitions to choose a nonviolent response because she wants the Islamic State stopped. But she knows when we drop bombs, innocents die. She wasn't sure she wanted the Islamic State killed.