In Rome last week, a conference addressed the topic of non-violence; and in their enthusiasm for achieving world peace, participants called for the Vatican to end its support for “Just Wars” and to instead take up the mantra of “Just Peace.”
Nearly 1,700 years after St. Augustine introduced the idea that sometimes killing is not a sin, 80 theologians and pacifists from around the world want to change that. The conference, organized by the international peace organization Pax Christi with the support of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, released a paper which calls for an end to all wars.
At the National Catholic Register, I talk about the conference, and about the Just War Theory as understood by St. Augustine of Hippo and, 900 years later, by St. Thomas Aquinas. Read all about it here.