Father Louie Vitale on Speaking Tour Throughout US
May 14, 2009| bpfna
from Pace e Bene
How do we relate with individuals and countries that believe differently that we do? How do we deal with our so-called enemies? Is torture morally acceptable? How do we respond to terrorism?
Father Louie Vitale, co-founder of Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, has been grappling with these and other related questions for nearly half a century since he began his journey by enlisting in the air force as a young man, and having a conversion towards nonviolence. While all of our journeys take different paths, our hearts converge upon the commonality of Pace e Bene — Italian for “peace and good.”
Since his release from jail in spring 2008, Father Louie has given 35 talks at universities, community, and church groups across the United States and in Canada. Now, Father Louie is on a tour to share from his experience, speaking on topics such as Loving Your Enemies: Transforming 'Us vs. Them' Thinking, Torture: Spiritual and Moral Perspectives, Closing the School of the Americas and Fort Huachuca and Living as a Peacemaker. His tour includes dozens of dates in many US states. Click here to see the complete schedule.
Vitale served 3- and 6-month sentences for crossing the line twice at the School of Americas in Fort Benning, GA, where the US trains Latin American soldiers in torture techniques. Then Louie served 5 months for crossing the line and praying at Fort Huachuca (the military installation in Arizona where we train our American Intelligence Officers in “Enhanced Interrogation” tactics such as the much publicized water boarding, among other torure methods). Just before starting this speaking tour, Fr. Louie journeyed to Iran with the Fellowship of Reconciliation as part of an Iran Civilian Diplomacy Delegation to dialogue with the government and people of Iran, our supposed “enemy.”
Click here for Fr. Vitale's speaking tour schedule