Contra "Gospel Nonviolence"

This article was first published under the title “Pope Francis and the Pacifist Jesus” in the 13 January 2017 edition of Crisis Magazine: A Voice for the Faithful Catholic Laity. In his message on the occasion of the 50th World Day of Peace on 1 January 2017, Pope Francis called on humanity to adopt nonviolence as a “style of politics for peace.” You can read the full article here. Continuing a tradition inaugurated in 1968, the Holy Father began his message by painting a picture of a “broken world” in which humanity finds itself “engaged in a horrifying world war fought piecemeal” – a world torn apart by wars, terrorism, crime, violence against women and children, abuse of migrants and vic

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