Integrating Roman Catholicism and Peace Studies

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As the final written component for the Theologies of Violence and Nonviolence class I’ve been in (though we still have one more exam left) we were to write a summative essay linking the usefulness of course materials to an open question of our choosing. I chose to use this essay as a way to reflect on how to integrate the aspect of my identity that is my Roman Catholic religion with my deep interest/identity in Peace Studies, which at times are seemingly incompatible. This was a way to reflect directly upon one of the goals I’d written for myself in this course. I’m posting this essay here as a reflection on such an integration that may well be of interest and/or use to you, or may lead to positive discussion regarding this integration.

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