978-1-57075-893-5 Peacebuilding Catholic Theology, Ethics, and Praxis
Robert R. Schreiter, R. Scott Appleby, Gerard F. Powers, editors
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Book Description "A uniquely powerful and important book. Its relevance begins with the Catholic community but it reaches beyond the church to other religious traditions to the role of states and international institutions and - most powerfully - to the lives of those seeking to build the structures of peace in conflicted communities throughout the world . . . . The audiences for this book are multiple; the issues it confronts are compellingly important; the message it offers will be a sign of hope and a source of wisdom.”—J. Bryan Hehir, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
“This much-needed contribution provides a well-developed theology, ethics and spirituality that will serve as a firm foundation for effective peacebuilding programs. It will be of value not only for Caritas and other Church agencies, but for people of goodwill around the world who, with compassion and respect for the dignity of every individual person, recognize that we are all one humanity.”—Lesley-Anne Knight, former Secretary General, Caritas Internationalis
"The essays in this volume repeatedly return to the insight that, in a world of endemic and protracted conflict and tragic violence, peacebuilding matters. And because it has displayed the boldness of a pioneer, even to the point of engaging and confronting armed actors in many places and on many occasions, Catholic peacebuilding particularly matters. [Peacebuilding] breaks much new ground in opening up a constructive dialogue among multiple partners interested in religious contributions to peacebuilding, Because it renders such fine service in mapping a way forward to a more peaceful world, this book deserves a wide readership."--Thomas Massaro, S.J., in Practical Matters
In this groundbreaking volume, leading Catholic theologians, ethicists, and scholar-practitioners take up the challenge of developing a conceptually coherent, theologically accurate, spiritually enlivening and practically effective approach to Catholic peacebuilding that can complement the rich Catholic teaching on the ethics of war.
These original essays examine the role of Catholic peacebuilders in preventing and resolving conflicts, and reconciling divided societies from Colombia and the Philippines to Indonesia and South Africa. They also consider how this work for peace can inform and be enriched by deeper reflection on the peacebuilding dimensions of social teaching, theology, sacraments, inter-religious dialogue, and the Church’s mission.
In addition to the three editors, contributors include: John Paul Lederach (University of Notre Dame), Maryann Cusimano Love (Catholic University of America), Daniel Philpott (University of Notre Dame), William R. Headley, CSSp (University of San Diego) and Reina C. Neufeldt (American University), Todd D. Whitmore, Peter-John Pearson (South African Bishops’ Conference Parliamentary Liaison Office, Thomas Michel, SJ (Indonesian Province of Jesuits), Kenneth R. Himes, OFM (Boston College), Lisa Sowle Cahill (Boston College), Peter C. Phan (Georgetown University), David J. O’Brien (College of the Holy Cross).
Peacebuilding will be indispensable to all scholars and practitioners engaged in developing a theology and ethic of just peace, as well as for students seeking to understand the interaction between theology, ethics, and lived Christianity
Robert J. Schreiter, C.PP.S., is Bernardin Center Vatican II Professor of Theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
R. Scott Appleby is John M. Regan, Jr. Director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Gerard F. Powers is Director of Catholic Peacebuilding Studies at the Kroc Institute.