“I can write no other than this: unless we use the weapons of the spirit, denying ourselves and taking up our cross and following Jesus, dying with Him and rising with Him, men will go on fighting, and often from the highest motives, believing that they are fighting defensive wars for justice and in self-defense against present or future aggression.” - Dorothy Day
Friday, 8 August 2014
Dorothy Day, Prophet of Pacifism for the Catholic Church
One of Dorothy Day’s great gifts to the Catholic Church and to the United States was her drawing together of Catholic biblical and theological resources to establish pacifism and conscientious objection as a legitimate stance for Catholics and for Americans. Today this is not just a teaching of Dorothy Day. The U. S. Catholic Bishops affirmed pacifism and conscientious objection as a legitmate expression of Catholic faith in their 1983 peace pastoral, The Challenge of Peace, giving Dorothy Day credit. The Second Vatican Council insisted that conscientious objection was an option for Catholics in the document, The Church in the Modern World (79:3) and the same document condemned bombing of cities and civilians (80:3). These quotes were also included in the Catechism of the Catholic Church in Nos. 2311 and 2314. Recent papal statements have strengthened this teaching. - Read more here
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