Special feature: James Gillcrist followed his family's tradition of military service, but time in Iraq led him on a path to academia, pondering the ethics of war.
Just war theory
Cardinal Peter Turkson said Pope Francis has been strongly influenced by discussions from the Vatican conference in April that rejected just war theory.
NCR Today: A prominent Italian news agency is reporting that the pontiff wants to dedicate the next meeting of the world's Catholic bishops to the issue of global peace.
Three weeks ago, my colleague Josh McElwee reported on a conference at the Vatican, co-sponsored by Pax Christi and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. The aim of that conference was to discuss alternatives to classic just war theory. I encourage such discussions, of course, but at the end of the day, in this vale of tears, it is hard to imagine the Catholic moral tradition could ever dispense with just war theory.
"There is no 'just war,'" the some 80 participants of the conference state in an appeal they released April 14.
The conference will bring some 80 experts to Rome with the aim of developing a new moral framework that rejects ethical justifications for war.
Making a Difference: Archbishop Joseph Tobin and Bishop John Michael Botean discussed a shift from a "just war" to a "just peace" doctrine.
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.
Religious leaders agree the Islamic State must be stopped. Their struggle is how best to do it.
"As mainstream religious leaders of different faiths get together, it strengthens the voice of moderation," said Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim advocacy group.
A group of mainstream Muslim scholars sought to strip the Iraqi and Syrian militants of any legitimacy under the cover of Islam in an open letter in Arabic issued Wednesday.
Making a Difference: Can the death and destruction of armed conflict ever be justified? For the first disciples of Christ, the answer was a resounding, "No!"