March 17, 2002


CUA Experts on ‘Just War’ and Christian Non-violence


The following experts from The Catholic University of America are available to discuss the concept of “just war,” Christian non-violence, the peace movement and the stance of Pope John Paul II on war in Iraq. For more information or assistance in arranging an interview, contact the Chris Harrison or Victor Nakas in CUA Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.


William Barbieri, associate professor of religious studies, is the director of CUA’s Peace and Justice Studies Program. He is an authority on peace movements and the Catholic Church’s position on “just war” and pacifism. Barbieri can discuss the stance of Pope John Paul II and the U.S. Catholic bishops on the war in Iraq, including their Ash Wednesday plea for Catholics to pray for peace and the visit of the Pope’s special envoy for peace, Cardinal Pio Laghi, to President George W. Bush.


Professor Barbieri can be reached at: 202-319-6886 or e-mail:


Joseph Capizzi, assistant professor of moral theology, currently is on sabbatical from CUA while filling the first chair of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center’s Intercultural Forum for Studies in Faith and Culture. Capizzi teaches in the areas of social and political theology, with special interest in issues of war, peace and statecraft. He can address the concept of “just war” from a Catholic perspective, the Vatican’s stance on war in Iraq, and the Catholic tradition of reflection on international relations.


Professor Capizzi can be reached at 202-635-5485 or e-mail:


Michael Foley, associate professor of politics and a member of the Life Cycle Institute at Catholic University, served as a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace from 1997 to 1998. His research focuses on civil society and democratization and grassroots social movements. He can also discuss the papal envoy’s Ash Wednesday visit to Washington, D.C., and the Vatican stance on war in Iraq.


Professor Foley can be reached at 202-319-5999 or by e-mail at: