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Male religious superiors ask Pope Francis for encyclical on nonviolence

August 22, 2017

The Conference of Major Superiors of Men, which represents male religious institutes in the United States, met recently in Arizona and adopted a resolution on nonviolence.

The superiors asked Pope Francis to write an encyclical on nonviolence and called upon the Church to move away from the just war tradition in favor of nonviolent resistance.

They added:

We resolve to offer accompaniment and nonviolent resistance for solidarity and protection of vulnerable immigrants, refugees, oppressed religious and ethnic minorities, elderly, unborn, prisoners and death row inmates, and other marginalized persons along with all of God’s creation.


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  • Posted by: cincinnatus - Aug. 22, 2017 11:29 PM ET USA

    The Superiors' resolution is a pastiche of radical progressive cliches and sophomoric pseudo-churchy gibberish (and I'm trying to be logical and charitable). I fear for future of the societies and institutes that have the misfortune to be under the authority of persons who can conceive of their mission in such non-Gospel ways.

  • Posted by: rpp - Aug. 22, 2017 5:21 PM ET USA

    Christ NEVER taught pacifism. In fact, he told the Apostles to sell a cloak and buy a sword. Pacifism is thoroughly un-Christian.

  • Posted by: claude-ccc2991 - Aug. 22, 2017 5:09 PM ET USA

    Probably not a good idea. This pope will end up arbitrarily defining positions he doesn't like as "violence". Far-fetched? Who would have thought we would have seen the time when true ecumenical cooperation between Catholics and Evangelicals on pro-life issues would be called an "ecumenism of hate" by a Vatican-approved publication? (La Civiltà Cattolica, the authoritative Italian Jesuit bi-monthly review)

  • Posted by: garedawg - Aug. 22, 2017 10:21 AM ET USA

    Of course, if you ask them if we should have "nonviolently resisted" Hitler, they'll probably say "That doesn't count!".