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CAM Statements of Protest

These were originally intended for the collection for AMS in November 2013 but may be useful at other times when militarism is allowed or encouraged during Mass or at your local Catholic church.

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Letters, Encyclicals, Messages, Speeches, etc.

Pacem in Terris, Pope John XXIII, April 11, 1963
The Church in the Modern World, promulgated by Pope Paul VI, December 7, 1965
Messages Addressed to the World by Pope Paul VI, 1968-1978
Message of His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, for the celebration of the Day of Peace, January 1, 1979
The Challenge of Peace: God’s Promise and Our Response, a Pastoral Letter on War and Peace by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, May 3, 1983
Statement on Iraq, USCCB, November 13, 2002
Message of His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, for the celebration of the World Day of Peace, January 1, 2004
Address of His Holiness Pope John Paul II to the Diplomatic Corps, January 13, 2003
Statement on Iraq, USCCB, February 26, 2003
Angelus Message, Pope John Paul II, March 16, 2003
The Catechism in a Post-Christian World, Interview with Cardinal Ratzinger, 30 Days, April 2003
Lumen Fidei, Encyclical Letter of the Supreme Pontiff Francis, June 29, 2013

Just War

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Conscientious Objection

See Resources page at Pax Christi USA.
See Resources page at Catholic Peace Fellowship.

Gospel Nonviolence

Behold the Lamb, audio/video series on Gospel Nonviolence by Emmanuel Charles McCarthy, a priest of the Eastern Rite (Byzantine) of the Catholic Church. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his life’s work on behalf of peace within people and among people.

Recommended Films

Joyeaux Noel (2005), On Christmas Eve during world War I, the Germans, French, and Scottish fraternize and get to know the men who live on the opposite side of a brutal war, in what became a true lesson of humanity.

Father George Zabelka, The Reluctant Prophet, Biography; As a young priest and active duty officer in World War II, Father George Zabelka was the chaplain who offered spiritual reassurance to the crews of the bomber planes that dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The conflict grew for him between his identity as a Catholic priest and his identity as a military chaplain.

Of Gods and Men (2010), Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay.


The Catholic Peace Tradition: This book is a history of the peace tradition in the Roman Catholic Church from the time of the Gospels to the twentieth century. Its purpose is to show that there is a continuing, unbroken, and self-sustaining stream within Catholicism from the martyrs and pacifists of the early church to John XXIII and the peacemakers of our time.

For Kids

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare; This gripping, action-packed novel tells the story of eighteen-year-old Daniel bar Jamin—a fierce, hotheaded young man bent on revenging his father’s death by forcing the Romans from his land of Israel. Daniel’s palpable hatred for Romans wanes only when he starts to hear the gentle lessons of the traveling carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth.