Church Response to Violence

Friday morning the United States awoke to reports of a shocking attack on its embassy in Ankara, Turkey. Now confirmed as a suicide bombing, the attack claimed the lives of the Turkish security guard stationed at the visitors’ entrance and the bomber, significantly damaging the embassy wall. Adding this tragedy to the growing list of bombings, attacks, and shootings in recent months, it seems even more important to remember the Church’s teachings on violence and war. Explore Catholic Social Teachings related to non-violence and reflect on Christ’s model of non-violence in Matthew 26:52.

  • What emotions does this attack invoke? Sadness? Anger? Fear?
  • How does the Church teach us to respond to violence?
  • How might we be able to work toward peace in our own communities? Ask young adults to name one thing they can do in their personal lives this week that can help bring about peace and understanding in their own lives and relationships.