Roman Catholic Perspectives on Peace

Tasneem Jamal

Excerpt from: Called Together to be Peacemakers: Report of the International Dialogue between the Catholic Church and Mennonite World Conference: 1998-2003

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God” (Mt 5:8).

Through our dialogue, we have come to understand that Catholics and Mennonites share a common commitment to peacemaking. That commitment is rooted in our communion with “the God of Peace” (Rom 15:33) and in the church’s response to Jesus’ proclamation of “the gospel of peace” (Eph 6:15). Christ has entrusted to us the ministry of reconciliation. As “ambassadors of Christ” (2 Cor 5:20) we are called to be reconciled to God and to one another. Moved by the Spirit, we want to share

We Call for Peace: Statements on Peace by Canadian Churches and Religious Organizations

Tasneem Jamal

Working Paper 94-3

Table of Contents

Introduction The Canadian Council of Churches The Anglican Church of Canada The Catholic Church and organizations The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada Mennonite conferences and organizations The Presbyterian Church in Canada The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) The United Church of Canada

Introduction

By Martin Rumscheidt, Project Ploughshares National Board member

There is no peace to keep,” said the blue-helmeted soldier. Such has been the experience of the United Nations in its nearly 40-year-long effort to find the way to peace. Was Mahatma Gandhi right when he declared that there is no way to peace but that peace is the way?

Churches throughout the world have

A World Without Nuclear Weapons

Tasneem Jamal

…Government to give renewed and urgent attention to nuclear disarmament. From time-to-time Prime Ministers in Canada have received written representations on this issue from individual Canadian churches and church bodies. Now we are pleased to address you collectively as members of The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), representing 23 churches of Anglican, Evangelical, Free Church, Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox, Protestant, and Eastern Catholic and Roman Catholic traditions.

Our Call

We are especially grateful to be addressing these issues at a time of growing hope and conviction that the international community both desires and is in reach of a world without nuclear weapons. Such a world has long been promoted by the disarmament movement in Canada and beyond, and it…

Assessing Economic Sanctions: Report on Project Ploughshares’ Forum on Economic Sanctions

Tasneem Jamal

…1992): 13.

30. See also Richard McCutcheon, “Lest We Forget Iraq,” Briarpatch (1992): 37-39; “Keeping the Peace or Making War?” Peace Magazine 9 (1993): 21-22; “Iraq: Sanctions Sow Seeds of Violence,” Catholic New Times 18 (1994): 9; and “The Death of Memories and Children,” Catholic New Times 21 (1997): 10-11 (archived on the World Wide Web at http://leb.net/IAC/).

 

SOUTH AFRICA AND INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS

Renate Pratt

Inter-state aggression and domestic repression

I would agree at once that any generalized argument in favour of international economic sanctions be approached with great caution. As we look at the origin and circumstances of the economic sanctions that are now widely accepted as having contributed to the ending of apartheid we note that…

Just Peacemaking: Canadian Church Perspectives and Contributions

Tasneem Jamal

…from Glen Stassen on the 10 practices of just peacemaking, a Catholic view on just peace excerpted from the concluding document of the Roman Catholic–Mennonite dialogue (2003), and the Canadian Interfaith Call for Leadership and Action on Climate Change (October 2011). Also included is a list of symposium participants and the agenda for the day.

Contributed Papers A Christian Reformed Perspective on Peace and War Canadian Quakers and “Just Peace” United Church of Canada Seminar Presentation No War, Just War, Just Peace: Statements by the Anglican Church of Canada 1934-2004 Roman Catholic perspectives on peace Creating Peace: Unitarian Universalist Perspectives A Contribution from The Presbyterian Church in Canada A Lutheran Response to Glory to God and Peace on Earth: The…

Canadian Churches say “No” to Iraq War

Tasneem Jamal

Urge PM to pursue “genuine” negotiation, and resist pressures for “a new invasion”

(Toronto) Fifteen prominent church leaders – representing a broad spectrum of Canadian church denominations – as well as the ecumenical peace organization Project Ploughshares and the inter-church justice coalition KAIROS joined together to send an urgent message to Jean Chrétien today, imploring the Prime Minister to resist growing “pressure” in favour of “a new invasion of Iraq”.

“This is a time for intense diplomacy and face-to-face negotiations, not for missiles and highaltitude bombing. This is especially a time for multilateralism,” states a joint letter signed by Bishop Jacques Berthelet, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops; Archdeacon Jim Boyles, General Secretary of the Anglican Church

A Call by the Canadian Ecumenical Community Against War in Iraq

Tasneem Jamal

…for a leader who brings peace, In his days justice shall flourish, and peace, till the moon fails.…

May you and your colleagues, Mr. Chrétien, bear fruit in the noble work of peace building, and taste the blessings that are reserved for peacemakers.

Yours sincerely,

Church leaders:

Archdeacon Jim Boyles General Secretary The Anglican Church of Canada

Archbishop Hovnan Derderian Primate Armenian Orthodox Church, Canadian Diocese

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Bellous Executive Minister Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec

Bishop Jacques Berthelet, C.S.V. Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil President Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

John Calder Clerk Canadian Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Rev. F. Tom Rutherford Regional Minister Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Canada

The Rev. Messale…

Canadian Church Leaders Urge Prime Minister to Pursue Peace in Iraq Crisis

Tasneem Jamal

…Executive Minister Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec

The Right Rev. Maurice Hicks General Superintendent British Methodist Episcopal Church

Bishop Jacques Berthelet, C.S.V. Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil President Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

John Calder Clerk Canadian Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

The Rev. Fr. Messale Engeda Presiding Priest Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in the Western Hemisphere

The Rev. Raymond Schultz National Bishop Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

Don Peters Executive Director Mennonite Central Committee Canada

Henry Krause Moderator Mennonite Church Canada

The Right Rev. Seraphim Bishop of Ottawa and Canada Orthodox Church in America

The Very Rev. Anthony Nikolic Polish National Catholic Church of Canada

The Rev. J. Mark Lewis Moderator, 128th General Assembly The Presbyterian…

Nuclear Disarmament: The Time is Now

Tasneem Jamal

…arms race was “utterly in conflict with the Gospel of Christ” (1981) Celebrated the excellent work of the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church in their 1983 Pastoral Letter on the nuclear crisis, “The Challenge of Peace: God’s Promise and our Response,” while also using this as an opportunity to recognize the serious “unresolved questions” that confront all Christianswith regard to this difficult issue Expressed excitement and hope at the time of the Reagan-Gorbachev Meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland, that almost achieved a breakthrough with regard to the elimination of both country’s nuclear arsenals (1986) Congratulated the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. on achieving an agreement in principle (later carried out) to eliminate intermediate nuclear forces from Europe (1987)

In 1999, the

Church Leaders’ Say “No” to War on Iraq

Tasneem Jamal

…justice shall flourish, and peace, till the moon fails…

May you and your colleagues, Mr. Chrétien, bear fruit in the noble work of peace building, and taste the blessings that are reserved for peacemakers. Yours sincerely, Church leaders:

Archdeacon Jim Boyles General Secretary The Anglican Church of Canada

Archbishop Hovnan Derderian Primate Armenian Orthodox Church, Canadian Diocese

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Bellous Executive Minister Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec

Bishop Jacques Berthelet, C.S.V. Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil President Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

John Calder Clerk Canadian Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Rev. F. Tom Rutherford Regional Minister Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Canada

The Rev. Messale Engeda Presiding Priest Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church…