The Catholic Bishops of the Kachin and Shan states in Myanmar have called all parties to the conflict there to resume talks for peace. Read more here.
The principle of subsidiarity suggests that matters should be dealt with as close as possible to the grassroots and that more overarching bodies should only get involved where this is necessary to harmonise conflicting interests for the sake of the common good. Do you think the Bishops are right in suggesting that the supervision of the international community will help in this case? How might conflicts be ended ‘with dignity’?
In a statement of protest at the reinterpretation of Japan’s Peace Constitution, the Catholic Bishops of Japan plead with their Prime Minister not to give up hope of settling disputes through dialogue and negotiation. The full statement is available here.
Can you think of any war that actually brought about lasting peace? Dialogue and negotiation are often needed to end wars. What elements do you think promote successful dialogue and negotiation?