Podcast: Is the Church about to abandon Just War Theory?

Cardinal Turkson said that it is "plausible" that Pope Francis may write a new encyclical letter on Just War Theory (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

This week I spoke to Matthew A Shadle, Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

Matthew asks this week: “Does the Just War theory have a future? This question was raised at a recent Vatican conference on non-violent peace making, hosted by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International.”

He writes that “the conference participants appealed to Pope Francis to declare that the traditional just war theory is obsolete and that Christians should dedicate their efforts to non-violent peace making.”

I telephoned Matthew to find out whether we were about to see the end of Just War Theory in the Catholic Church.

Below is a guide to the topics we touched on. Enjoy!

1:13 Matthew’s guide to Just War Theory

2:54 How Just War lost its way

4:44 Does modern technology make war inherently unjust?

6:40 What is the future of Just War Theory in the Catholic Church?

8:49 Was Jesus Christ a pacifist?

10:30 What Tolkien can tell us about violence

11:30 Is Pope Francis a pacifist Pope?