EVER THE WARMONGERS
Pat Buchanan warned in 1999 about expanding NATO to include Ukraine: “By moving NATO onto Russia’s front porch, we have scheduled a 21st-century confrontation.”
ON RESISTING EVIL BY FORCE
Jason M. Morgan
If, God forbid, the need should arise, is it licit for a Christian to resist evil by force, to take up a weapon and kill an aggressor?
DETERRENCE IS MORALLY UNACCEPTABLE IN ITS VERY FOUNDATION
The fact that some arguments against strategic nuclear deterrence are faulty does not permit the conclusion that there are no compelling moral arguments against it.
TWO CHEERS FOR DETERRENCE
Deterrence advocates acknowledge the intrinsic balefulness of war but argue nonetheless that the possibility of war is ever-present.
We Westerners bear responsibility for the current sufferings in Iraq. We created a power vacuum there that has been filled by bloodthirsty maniacs hellbent on religious cleansing.
Christians in Iraq are perceived as being allied with the foreign occupiers,
but the Americans provide no special protection for them.
Emmanuel Charles McCarthy
According to Catholic Just War norms, if there is not strict moral certitude that a war is just and is being conducted justly, then the war is unjust.
Fr. Pavone is a great prolife leader, but why can't he think with the mind of the Church instead of the mind of the Republican party?
NEW OXFORD REVIEW LOCUTA EST, CAUSA FINITA EST
Paul R. Muessig
The incongruity between her words and her actions substantially undercuts the Church's moral position on war, and has implications that go far beyond that.
U.S. troops should be President Bush's bedrock of support for his war in Iraq, but an astounding 46% of American soldiers do not approve.
The National Catholic Register wants to soothe the consciences of Catholic
soldiers who feels they violated the Fifth Commandment in Iraq.
MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL
Once the principle is adopted that you can ignore the Universal Moral Law for pragmatic reasons, the door is wide open for all types of evils to enter.
PEACE BEGINS IN THE WOMB
Peter R. McGuire
The same church Fathers who condemned war also condemned abortion. Here the moral credibility of the Methodist bishops collapses.
THE CASE OF IRAQ
Nicholas C. Lund-Molfese
Rather than mustering the courage to stand alone, Catholics find it easier to follow popular American political opinion.
William D. Miller
To what extent can a political or value system “have its way” when confronted by an informed and resolute Catholic conscience?
James G. Hanink
Review of Nuclear Deterrence, Morality and Realism by John Finnis, Joseph M. Boyle Jr., and Germain Grisez
NEEDED: THE COURAGE OF NON-CONFORMISM
IS 'REALISM' THE ONLY WAY?
James A. Stegenga
DEALING WITH THE 'ENEMY WITHOUT' AND THE 'ENEMY WITHIN'
Richard J. Moux
ON SPIRITUAL HEROISM
Gordon C. Zahn
If we need heroes to honor, let them earn that designation by virtue of true sacrifice based on personal moral commitment.
DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN INNOCENT & GUILTY HUMAN LIFE
If the Seamless Garment links the sparing of innocent human life with the sparing of guilty human life (the murderer or invader of the household or the invader of the country) then the Garment is full of seams.
A SPIRITUALITY OF PEACEMAKING — PART III
Henri J.M. Nouwen
Resisting the forces of death is only meaningful when we are fully in touch with the forces of life we want to uphold.
A SPIRITUALITY OF PEACEMAKING — PART II
Real resistance requires the humble confession that we are partners in the evil that we seek to resist. This is a very hard and seemingly endless discipline.
A SPIRITUALITY OF PEACEMAKING — PART I
Just as Jesus’ command to love one another cannot be seen as a part-time obligation, so too His call to peacemaking is unconditional, unlimited, and uncompromising.
LETTER FROM ENGLAND
“Priests and bishops and popes are usually good men, often very good men. But they’re still only men, not always capable of really heroic courage," said the theologian.
ABORTION & NUCLEAR WAR
How can we honestly ask God to remove the scourge of abortion from our land when we are prepared to abort entire other countries with nuclear fire and brimstone?
In principle, swatting down missiles before they explode and hurt somebody is morally permissible, even obligatory, if it can be done without violating moral norms.
There are many ways to cut this world’s cake in half and take sides. A Christian should presumably think in terms of the Church vs. the world.
SEARCHING FOR PEACE
John R. Quinn
The Church in North America is enriched by the example of the Church in Central America as it struggles for justice and human dignity.
- Karl Keating