Re-Commitment to Gospel Non-Violence

Purpose: To invite and occasion personal and organizational re-commitment to Gospel Non-Violence in response to the "Appeal to the Catholic Church" issued in April, 2016 by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace together with Pax Christi International.

This Ad Hoc Working Group has endorsed the NCR Catholic nonviolence initiative; collaborated with three other national nonviolence groups that were present on June 20, 2017, at the grave site of WWI Catholic War objector Ben Salmon; witnessed at the USCCB 2017 Fall Meeting; and spoke to Scranton University about ROTC presence.

Harry Bury, and Bernie Survil,
AUSCP Leadership Team Liaison: Dave Cooper,

For further information or to offer your thoughts, please contact AUSCP through

————— News and views —————

NEW February 16, 2018: Catholic Conscientious Objector Ben Salmon was featured in Give Us This Day.  READ the entry here.

NEW November 11, 2017: Texas execution of Mexican citizen draws rebuke. READ the story in America Magazine

NEW November 10, 2017: Is the Church moving away from nuclear deterrence and toward disarmament? READ the full story HERE in NCR

READ HERE: U.S. Bishops renew call for gun control

Ten Reasons to Oppose the Death Penalty Re-published in America Magazine

Pope Francis: Death Penalty is 'contrary to the Gospel' — READ the English text of the pope's statement from Vatican Radio: The Word of God cannot be moth-balled

Revising the Catechism:  READ a report from Catholic News Service

Massimo Faggioli:  Regarding religious liberty, slavery and the death penalty, 'Pope Francis is not only Catholic but also he is also more Ratzingerian than his neo-traditionalist critics' — READ his column here from La Croix International

••• WEBSITE LINK Ben Salmon, Catholic Conscientious Objector •••

Read U.S. Catholic, on non-violence: Is it time for the Church to reconsider its approach to peace?

Ohio executions may begin: Story from NCR July 25, 2017