Participants at a conference hosted by the Vatican called for the Catholic Church to renounce her just war doctrine and instead develop a new peacemaking framework “consistent with Gospel nonviolence.”
Count me among those who are less than enthusiastic about such a demand.
The Just War Theory (or teaching) is admittedly poorly named. For indeed, it role is not to justify war per se, but to rationally and reasonably limit recourse to it, and when it does come, limit the means and tactics used.
Perhaps as never before, the many nations are taking its claims more seriously; more on that in a moment. But lets review the teaching, which is stated clearly in the Catechism of the Catholic...READ MORE