Following are several new pieces responding to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and ongoing war there. If you have additional items to share, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking past war using a “just peace” framework, by Eli McCarthy, posted in Conversations in Jesuit Higher Education, October 2022
The ongoing war in Ukraine is nothing short of a human and ecological catastrophe: Presentation by Eli McCarthy to the Society of Christian Ethics, September 2022
Reaching a just and lasting peace in Ukraine, 15 June 2022, a statement from the individual participants of the Science and Ethics Study Group under the auspices of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and not that of any other organization, including the Holy See, the United Nations, or any national government.
Jesus taught the world that peacemakers are blessed, for they are the children of God. As war rages in Ukraine, the world needs peacemakers to help the warring sides to choose peace over continued conflict. The US, European Union, Turkey, China, and other countries should help both sides to feel secure in a negotiated peace agreement. For Ukraine, security means that a peace agreement will not be followed by renewed Russian threats or incursions. For Russia, security means that withdrawing from Ukraine will not be followed by the eastward expansion of NATO and heavy armaments into Ukraine. Peace, in short, means a neutral Ukraine that is secure in its sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity.
Pope Francis has put his plea for peacemaking in plain and powerful terms: I renew my appeal to those who govern nations: do not lead humanity to ruin. Please! Do not lead humanity to ruin!
His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew has declared: We call upon all parties involved to pursue this path of dialogue and respect for international law, in order to bring an end to the conflict and allow all Ukrainians to live in harmony. Arms are not the solution.
The aim of peacemaking in Ukraine is not merely a negative peace – that is, a peace without justice – but a positive peace, based firmly on the four pillars of moral relations between states recognized by Saint John XXIII in his magisterial Pacem in Terris: truth, justice, willing cooperation, and freedom (Paragraph 80). Such moral relations are needed not only between Russia and Ukraine, but also between Russia, the US, and the European Union. … (Read the final version of the statement here..)
Pope Francis, Ukraine and effective nonviolent resistance, 30 May 2022, an article about Pope Francis’ accompaniment approach by CNI steering committee Eli McCarthy, posted by National Catholic Reporter
My sense is that the pope is trying to shift our gaze. It is a shift that he senses Jesus models. A shift toward pastoral accompaniment and a focus on how we might break the violent dynamic. It is not about condemning or judging people in very difficult situations, like some Ukrainians who choose to take up arms in violent defense of their country. It affirms and admires their willingness to take a high-risk stand against injustice rather than to be passive. At that same time, it is also not about justifying methods of war and enabling the violent dynamic to perpetuate and spread. … (Read the entire piece here.)
In May 2022, three members of the CNI steering committee — Rose Marie Berger, Eli McCarthy, and Sr. Sheila Kinsey FCJM — participated in an interfaith delegation to Ukraine which had been organised in response to the request from Kyiv’s mayor for religious leaders to visit.
- Why our faith delegation went to Ukraine, written by Rose Marie Berger, Sojourners magazine, September-October 2022 issue
- A Peace of My Mind interview with Rose Berger, posted 9 July 2022, on May 2022 delegation to Ukraine
- ‘If we are unified, Satan will be unable to get in’: A report from an interfaith peace delegation to Ukraine, 21 June 2022, written by Michele Dunne and Eli McCarthy, published in America magazine
- Why I prayed in Kyiv when I could have prayed at home, 7 June 2022, written by Rose Marie Berger, published in Sojourners (where Rose is a senior editor.)
- VIDEO: Sr. Sheila Kinsey, Rose Berger and Eli McCarthy report on the delegation of faith leaders to Ukraine – 6 June 2022, Zoom call with members of the CNI steering committee, Pax Christi representatives and others
- International religious delegation travelling to Kyiv to pray for peace, 23 May 2022. Additional information about the delegation of faith leaders to Ukraine.
The war in Ukraine is not as simple as good versus evil for scholars of liberation theology, 24 March 2022, written by Eduardo Campos Lima, America magazine
Five ways to support courageous nonviolent resistance in Ukraine, 23 March 2022, written by Eli McCarthy, published by Waging Nonviolence
Is a great shift in the human journey at hand?, 21 March 2022, written by Ken Butigan, posted by Campaign Nonviolence (Pace e Bene)
People around the world are protesting the Russian invasion. Will their protests work?, 14 March 2022, written by Erica Chenoweth, published in The Washington Post
Ukraine doesn’t need to match Russia’s military might to defend against invasion, 25 February 2022, written by George Lakey, published by Waging Nonviolence
10 ways to avoid a devastating war in Ukraine, 22 February 2022, written by Eli McCarthy, published by America magazine
Find more responses to the war in Ukraine on Pax Christi International’s website here.