Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore is a region of Pax Christi USA, a national section of Pax Christi International. Rooted in the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching, we witness to Jesus’ teaching and example of nonviolence, rejecting war and affirming the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person.

National Catholic Reporter Ad

Aren't you tired of paying for war?

In this year of scandals and disasters, one shocking story is missing from the headlines. Did you know that two-thirds of the US discretionary budget now goes to military-related spending? Those are your tax dollars paying for weapons and war, rather than human needs.

As former U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower reminded us, “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."

Thanks to your support we were able to run a full-page ad in the National Catholic Reporter calling for the right of those morally opposed to war to direct that all their income taxes go solely to non-military purposes. It’s a matter of respect for human dignity, of conscience, and religious liberty.

Here is the final version of the ad: NCR Ad.

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Priorities

Human Dignity

The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred. Our passion for peace is rooted in respect for life. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops summarizes the proud tradition of Catholic Social Teaching under seven themes. Life and Dignity of the Human Person is listed first, as the foundation of all succeeding principles and “the foundation of a moral vision for society.” Abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, and war are cited together as violations of our God-given dignity.

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Nuclear Weapons

The time has come for new thinking on how to challenge complacency surrounding the belief in nuclear deterrence. Changed circumstances bring new responsibilities for decision-makers. The apparent benefits that nuclear deterrence once provided have been compromised, and proliferation results in grave new dangers. The time has come to embrace the abolition of nuclear weapons as an essential foundation of collective security. . . .

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Just Peace

“No one has greater love,” Jesus said, than “to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (Jn 15:13), not “to kill others for one’s friends.”

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