KARL GROSSMAN – It’s of critical importance—indeed, existential importance—to the world: the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. And a coalition of peace organizations in the United States is charging that media are acting like the treaty “does not exist.” The Nuclear Ban Treaty Collaborative is waging a campaign to encourage press coverage of the treaty, which, it argues, “provides the only pathway to a safe, secure future free of the nuclear threat” (Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance Newsletter, 6/22).
Tag: Pope Francis
Archbishop Wester’s Statement re: First Meeting of State Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
ARCHBISHOP JOHN C. WESTER – The United States and the eight other nuclear-armed states are boycotting the historic First Meeting of States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons taking place in Vienna June 21-23. The Treaty, banning nuclear weapons just like previous weapons of mass destruction treaties banning chemical and biological weapons, has been signed by 122 countries and ratified by 62.
Faith Groups In 14 Countries Divest From Fossil Fuels
BRIAN ROEWE – A total of 42 faith organizations from 14 countries pledged to divest from fossil fuel companies or avoid such investments in the future. Organizers said it represents the largest joint divestment announcement by faith communities to date.
An Eyewitness to the Horrors of the US â€˜Forever Warsâ€™ Speaks Out
KATHY KELLY – What are the lessons learned from the rampage, destruction and cruelty of U.S. wars? I believe the most important lessons are summed up in the quote on Cynthia Banas’s T-shirt as she delivered water to Marines in Baghdad, in April, 2003: “War Is Not the Answer”; and in an updated version of the headline Ramzi Kysia wrote that same month: “Heavy-handed & Hopeless, The U.S. Military Doesn’t Know What It’s Doing” -in Iraq, Afghanistan or any of its “forever wars.”
Grassroots Catholics Challenge Congress to “Face the Crisis”
MARYKNOLL OFFICE FOR GLOBAL CONCERNS – January 18, 2019â€”On the occasion of Martin Luther King Day on January 21, eleven national and international Catholic justice and peace organizations delivered a joint statement to Congress today, entitled â€œFacing the Crisis: A Catholic Offer of Wisdom and Courage to Congressâ€ which calls on Members to courageously take the first steps to end the political polarization that the group says is eroding democracy in the United States.
Ending War Through More War Has Been Shown Not to Work
JOHN LAFORGE – It gets harder to commemorate World War I, because of time and the publicâ€™s embrace of, or indifference to, a permanent war economy.
A Call to Mobilize the Nation over the Next 18 Months
REV. JOHN DEAR – While the media and the nation sit transfixed over the Trump scandals and attacks on democracy, those of us who work for justice and peace know that we have to keep working, resisting, and mobilizing people across the country if we are going to have the social, economic and political transformation we need for our survival.
Pope’s World Day of Peace Message to Focus on Nonviolence
KEN BUTIGAN – The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will issue his annual World Day of Peace message for the first time on the theme of nonviolence. Entitled â€œNonviolence: The Style of Politics of Peace,â€ the January 1, 2017 papal message will be sent to all foreign ministries worldwide. Announced by Vatican Radio this week, the traditional message is intended to indicate â€œthe diplomatic concerns of the Holy See during the coming year.â€
The Catholic Churchâ€™s Turn Toward Nonviolence
JOHN DEAR – â€œI believe we are at an important and hopeful turning point in human history,â€ Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire said after a Rome conference in April, â€œa turning from violence to nonviolence, war to peace.â€ I hope Christians and Church people everywhere will study our statement, urge their local church leaders to teach Gospel nonviolence, and pray for and call for such an encyclical so that we can get Catholics and Christians out of the big business of war and start the world down a new path–toward a new world of peace.
The Values of Jesus Were Liberal Values
JAMES A. HAUGHT – Christâ€™s teachings were virtually a prescription for the compassionate â€œsafety netâ€ upholding people and families in modern democracies.
Pope Francis and the Shift Toward Nonviolence
KEN BUTIGAN – Itâ€™s synchronistic that, the same week Pope Francis brought his message of peace, people and the planet to the United States, thousands of activists were dramatizing many of these same themes by taking to the streets in hundreds of cities for a culture of peace and nonviolence. It was a coincidence that Campaign Nonviolenceâ€™s second annual week of nonviolent actions took place during the popeâ€™s visit. But the fact that both happened at the same time underscores the importance of two critical elements of nonviolent change: vision and action.
More than 325 Actions for Peace and Justice across the U.S. this Week
REV. JOHN DEAR – Starting Sept. 20, more than 350 demonstrations, marches, vigils and other public events will be held all across the U.S., covering every state, as part of the second annual â€œCampaign Nonviolenceâ€ week of actions. Tens of thousands of people will be gathering and taking to the streets to speak out against all the issues of violence, including poverty, war, racism, police brutality, gun violence, nuclear weapons and environmental destruction, and call for a new culture of peace and nonviolence as Dr. King envisioned.
Greek Financial Debacle is a Crisis of Soulless Economics
ROBERT C. KOEHLER – Austerity, the brutal tool of neoliberal capitalism, stands up to Greek democracy and stares it down. Oh well. Weâ€™re remarkably comfortable with soulless economics. Pope Francis, speaking this week in Paraguay, cried to the nations of Planet Earth: â€œI ask them not to yield to an economic model â€¦ which needs to sacrifice human lives on the altar of money and profit.â€
Vienna Conference Could â€˜Change the Calculusâ€™ of US Nuclear Policy
JOE CIRINCIONE – While Iran negotiations get screaming headlines, recent conferences on the consequences of the use of nuclear weapons have not gotten much attention. Maybe they should. They are generating a growing movement that could have a bigger impact on U.S. nuclear policy than many have assumed.
Catholic Church Revises Nuclear Weapons Stance
KEVIN CLARKE – The Catholic Church seemed to throw its support behind what is, in Europe at least, an accelerating movement demanding the abolition of nuclear weapons during the first day of the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons on Dec. 8.
Global Problems Call for Global Solutions
LAWRENCE WITTNER – Sometimes, amid the heated political debate about what should done by the U.S. government in world affairs, a proposal cuts through the TV babble of the supposed experts with a clear, useful suggestion.