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Pax: The History of a Catholic Peace Society in Britain 1936-1971

Author: Valerie Flessati

2 volumes, University of Bradford, PhD Thesis, Bradford, 1991, pp. 535

Detailed historical study of both Pax and the Catholic element in the British peace movement. Pax from the outset opposed war under modern conditions as contrary to traditional just war teaching, a stance underlined by the development of nuclear weapons. Influenced Catholic thinking about modern war and the decision of the Second Vatican Council to recognize the right to conscientious objection and to call upon states to make provision for it.