Pax Christi strives to create a world that reflects the Peace of Christ by exploring, articulating, and witnessing to the call of Christian nonviolence. This work begins in personal life and extends to communities of reflection and action to transform structures of society. Pax Christi rejects war, preparations for war, and every form of violence and domination. It advocates primacy of conscience, economic and social justice, and respect for creation.
Pax Christi Priority Areas
Spirituality of Nonviolence and Peacemaking:
Pax Christi promotes Christian nonviolence on the personal, communal, national and international levels. Believing in the gospel call to conversion as found in the Beatitudes, Pax Christi denounces and resists the evils of violence while striving to reflect the Peace of Christ.
Disarmament, Demilitarization and Reconciliation with Justice:
Pax Christi members promote nuclear, conventional and domestic disarmament, an end to the international arms trade, economic conversion to a non-military economy, conscientious objection, and nonviolent alternatives to war. Pax Christi promotes the just reconciliation of enemies through the United Nations and other channels.
Economic and Interracial Justice in the United States:
Pax Christi joins the struggle against economic injustice, militarism, and environmental destruction which are particularly harmful to those who are poor, minorities, children, and women. Pax Christi works toward eliminating racist structures in the Catholic Church and the country, working toward equality of all people.
Human Rights and Global Restoration:
Pax Christi promotes universal human rights, both at home and abroad, through solidarity with oppressed and marginalized people struggling for dignity. Pax Christi rejects every form of political and economic domination over others and fosters a reverence for all creation.