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The Contributions of Catholics to World Peace

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Oliver Fung

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By: Oliver Fung
Ms. Cameli

Catholic Contributions
to World Peace
What is Peace?
1. Human Rights

2. Development

3. Solidarity

4. World Order
Common Good
the objective recognition, respect, safeguarding, and promotion of the rights of the human person.
The universal common good calls for transnational institutions to address global problems.
authentic development:
the right of all people to the means for their full development as human beings
more than just economic progress
wealthy nations have an obligation to share the benefits of development with the poor

. . . is an alternative to war
a) addresses some longstanding causes of war
b) a campaign can be shared among the world, where people make considerable sacrifices for others.
active commitment to the belief that under God we belong to one family
By Oliver Fung
Catholic Contributions to . . .

The Facts
recognized by the Vatican as a
public association
communities in over 60 countries
70 000 memberships
1. Prayer
2. Service to the Poor
3. Friendship
Peacemaking is direct expression of the disciplines
Piety and Love of the Poor
Role of Individual Bishops as
Conciliators and Mediators

The Vatican and the Catechism
V. You Shall Not Kill
The poor suffer the most from war. Agree?
Therefore, to serve the poor, is to be a peacemaker.
Bishops and Priests
Bishop's Conference
forums that bishops can consult with on matters of pastoral and social strategy
"when bishops work in harmony, their conferences can be a steady force for peace even in very violent societies"
Institution of Justice and Peace Commissions
"The Mass is ended, go in
to love and serve the Lord."
"Thanks be to God"
carries out research and organizes programs
control of trade in small arms
abolition of land mines
debt relief for poor countries
provides international support for those working for peace and human rights
Pope John Paul II
fall of Jaruzelski government in Poland
fall of Duvalier regime in Haiti
significant role in reconciliation in post-civil war Lebanon
prevented military confrontation between Soviet union and its Eastern European states
Leaders of Catholicism
2304 "Respect for and development of human life requires peace" (Catechism of the Catholic Church)
2308 "All citizens and all governments are obliged to work for peace" (Catechism of the Catholic Church)
2307 "The church urges everyone to pray and to action so that the Divine goodness may free us from the ancient bondage of war. (Catechism of the Catholic Church)
Old Testament
He said, "Hold high the banner of the Lord! The Lord will continue to fight against the Amalekites forever!
Exodus 17:16
point where evil is intolerable, and must be removed, through means of violence
the evil was contagious, and God's people were in danger
New Testament
Matthew 5: 38-48
If anyone strikes your. . .
turn the other cheek also.
"Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" (Catholic Youth Bible, Matthew 5:43)
war seen as evil
Jesus emphasized peace
avoid retaliation and revenge
love our enemies
Under God, we belong to one human family
"It is not just the mere absence of war, or the avoidance of war. It is the realization of the dignity of the human family (United States Institute of Peace)."
the U.S. government look to the bishops to assist with some problems
Clinton sent bishops to Haiti to negotiate on behalf of America

people on death row
Isolated, despised, and ignored people.
Prayer for Peace
Bishop Don Samuel Ruiz

competetion for government, and membership
father figure for both parties
Bishop Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo
peace must be achieved with the cooperation of the international community to address global injustices and inequalities that trap people into poverty
world leaders renewed commitment to peace and to end poverty
different religious groups pray separately
(United States Institute of Peace)
(Catholic Culture)
(Madden, Cartoon Stock)
(Christian Bible Reference)
(Christian Bible Reference)
(Catechism of the Catholic Church)
(United States Institute of Peace)
(United States Institute of Peace)
(Santa Clara University)
( United States Institute of Peace)
(United States Institute of Peace)
(United States Institute of Peace)
(Marshall, Huffington Post)
(Catholic Youth Bible)
(The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youths)
Works Cited

"Bible FAQs." Biblica. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2013.

Catechism of the Catholic Church: With Modifications from the Editio Typica. New York: Doubleday, 1995. Print.

"Catholic Contributions to International Peace." United States Institute of Peace. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2013.

"Catholic Peacebuilding Network." International Catholic Peacebuilding Organizations //. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2013.

Marshall, Katherine. "Creating Peace In War Zones: The Roman Catholic Community Of Sant'Egidio." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 12 Oct. 2010. Web. 11 Dec. 2013.

Miller, Michael J., and Benedict. Youcat English: Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church. San Francisco, CA: Ignatius, 2011. Print.

"Pope Explains the Meaning of 'justice' and 'peace' : News Headlines - Catholic Culture."Pope Explains the Meaning of 'justice' and 'peace' : News Headlines - Catholic Culture. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2013.

"Pope John Paul II - Reflections on Working Toward Peace." Pope John Paul II - Reflections on Working Toward Peace. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2013.

Singer-Towns, Brian, Janet Claussen, and Clare VanBrandwijk. The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth. Winona, MN: Saint Mary's, 2008. Print.

The Catholic Youth Bible: New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition. NRSV Catholic Edition ed. Winona, MN: Saint Mary's, 2010. Print.

The United Methodist Publishing House. "What Does the Bible Say About War?" What Does the Bible Say About War? N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2013.

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