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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

What makes religious organizations so effective at diplomatic peacemaking?


Coming off the Holy See’s success in talks leading to re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba and progress on the appointment of Catholic bishops in China, Pope Francis seems to have believed it was worth trying to help resolve the stalemate between Maduro and his opposition, one of the most intractable political problems of recent years. Even if he had no recent successes to his credit, Pope Francis would have believed it to be the church’s duty to advance the cause of peace and to help alleviate a grave situation of manufactured suffering. As he argued in “The Joy of the Gospel,” dialogue is a condition of peace. More…

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