A ‘Fully Human Solution’ to War: Thomas Merton on Christian Nonviolence

Pope Francis called Merton a “man of dialogue” who provides for us a model of how to exist in the world. For Merton, it is through dialogue that we can come to know both our adversary and ourselves. Credit: The Merton Legacy Trust.

Gregory K. Hillis is Associate Professor of Theology at Bellarmine University.

On 8 December of last year, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Pope Francis released his message for the celebration of the Fiftieth World Day of Peace. It was titled, “Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace.”

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