Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Christian Just War Theory and Moral Laxity

"If there is any absolute moral law in Christianity, in Catholicism or in Natural Law Morality, it is 'Thou shalt not murder.' In moral law, murder is the intentional unjust killing of a human being(s). Two Popes have said that the war by the United States Government on Iraq is unjust. Killing in an unjust war is unjust killing - murder. Yet, every bishop, archbishop and cardinal who is an Ordinary of a diocese in the United States - save one - believes, to the point of strict moral certainty, that the killing in this war is just. With moral certainty they have chosen in the midst of a most grave moral matter, intimately connected with the sanctity of human life and the recognition of the sanctity human life, to follow George Bush's interpretation of the moral will of God rather than John Paul II's. They have also countenanced, without even a whisper of protest, those immortal souls in their spiritual care doing the same. Something is very wrong here."

Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

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At June 26, 2006 1:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is even more interesting about the commandment is that there is even debate if it should read "Thou shall not murder" or "Thou shall not kill." In the translation of ancient Hebrew and Greek, the former of which doesen't even have vowels or spacing between seperate words, isn't all that clear. In any event if the commandment is "Thou shall not kill," it is a command never to harm anyone, even your enemy. If we're called not to kill, the legitamacy of war would not even be a question.

At June 27, 2006 11:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus repeats 'Thou shalt not kill' to us in the Gospel, and one can't doubt that he meant all killing.

At June 28, 2006 11:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doubt that one can have his cake and eat it too...either you are a CO to ALL war or you're not....there has never been what is termed a "just war" and the heirarchy of the Catholic church knows it...the problem is that we are basically faced with an agnostic Church which went into bed with the State seventeen hundred years ago and cannot exticate itself from that position.


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