By peacemaking we refer to Christ’s way of engaging conflict. It entails the vision of a just peace, where not only does peace require justice-making, but also that justice requires peace-making. The way of mercy, humility, solidarity, and nonviolence are central virtues that illuminate core practices of peacemaking. Review the major themes of Catholic Social Teaching, read notable Catholic Social Teaching quotes, and recent papal quotations (.doc) on war and peace.
In addition the resources noted above and below, we also have developed special resources for the following areas related to peacemaking:
- Restorative Justice
- The ongoing conflict in Israel and Palestine
- The ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq
Centering and Prayer: "The Nonviolent Eucharistic Jesus" by Rev. Emmanuel C. McCarthy
Restorative Justice and Trauma-Healing
Inter-religious Friendship and Dialogue
We work on conflict issues by promoting peace-building practices with the U.S. Government and with our faith partners in their advocacy efforts. We work on both domestic and international peacemaking efforts.
Catholic Nonviolence Initiative: Affirming the vision and practice of active nonviolence at the heart of the Catholic Church. Choosing Peace: The Catholic Church Returns to Gospel Non-Violence, Orbis Books, won the 2019 Catholic Press Association Award for Catholic Social Teaching.
Journal of Moral Theology articles on a Just Peace Ethic: “A Manual for Escaping our Vicious Cycles” by Gerald Schlabach, “The Changing Vision of Just Peace in Catholic Social Teaching” and “A Virtue-Based Just Peace Ethic,” pp. 86-108.
Webinar: Rome Conference on Just Peace and Nonviolence
Becoming Nonviolent Peacemakers: A Virtue Ethic Approach for Catholic Social Teaching and U.S. Policy
Peacebuilding: Catholic Theology, Ethics, and Praxis
See also our Resources page.