Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Director, Catholic Peacebuilding Studies; Coordinator, Catholic Peacebuilding Network
- Ethics of the use of force
- Religion, conflict and peacebuilding
- Ethics and U.S. foreign policy
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National Catholic Reporter
Cardinal McElroy says church must 'redesign' just-war theory, favor nonviolent action
March 03, 2023
Drawing on six decades of papal teaching on peace, the cardinal told an audience at the University of Notre Dame on March 1 that Catholics are facing a "new moment" in history, one that requires finding nonviolent alternatives to prevent war.
Catholic News Service
Exhibit recalls Catholic journalists’ courage in Lithuania under Soviets
July 20, 2022
“The church had very limited freedom to operate because the Soviet authorities tried to control it in almost every aspect,” said Jerry F. Powers, director of Catholic Peacebuilding Studies at the University of Notre Dame and former policy adviser at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of International Justice and Peace.
Catholic News Service
Munitions Russia is using, justifications for war come under scrutiny
March 18, 2022
"Justification for secession is a difficult topic," said Gerard F. Powers, director of Catholic peacebuilding studies for the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame.
General Mark Milley had a predicament: Follow God’s orders or Trump’s?
September 16, 2021
Robert Latiff is a retired U.S. Air Force major general and an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame, researching emerging weapon and national security technologies, just war theory and law of armed conflict.... From a perspective of that tradition and the church’s position on the moral indefensibility of the use of nuclear weapons, any effort by Gen. Milley to thwart a possible nuclear strike was justified, said Gerard Powers, the director of Catholic peacebuilding studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
We're Perfecting Our Capacity For Human Destruction
February 01, 2021
As Gerard Powers, coordinator of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network and director of Catholic peacebuilding studies at the University of Notre Dame, wrote in a statement to Sojourners, “the nuclear signs of the times are as dire as ever.”