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Terrorism and Just War Doctrine   Leave a comment

From the United States to North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Pakistan, Iran, Yemen and throughout the world, let us “strive to create conditions of life worthy of people redeemed by Christ.”

Let us as a country increase humanitarian aid throughout the world and protect the persecuted from murder and brutality such as that going on in Iraq today. Let us respond militarily if the situation meets the standard of the Catholic just-war doctrine. Pope Francis and the Vatican have made it clear that the mass murder being committed by Islamic State terrorists meets that standard.

The brutality and murder by the evil terrorists in Iraq upon the people is one that plainly demands full action by the United Nations and the United States. By refraining to act we condone the acts of the terrorist. For our government to refrain from standing between Evil and the people of Iraq and other countries while stopping to consider the political impact upon the Democrat or Republican party or winning the next election or waiting to have meetings to consider whether or not to act reduce us as a country to sins of omission which are as great as the terrorist. If our failure to act results in the murder of one person in Iraq, are we not also guilty of murder?

My Christian brothers and sisters, we have much to pray about. Look to Pope Francis for direction during these troubling times.

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JUST WAR DOCTRINE

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the just war doctrine:

2309. The strict conditions for legitimate defense by military force require rigorous consideration. The gravity of such a decision makes it subject to rigorous conditions of moral legitimacy. At one and the same time:

– the damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave, and certain;

– all other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective;

– there must be serious prospects of success;

– the use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated. The power of modern means of destruction weighs very heavily in evaluating this condition.

These are the traditional elements enumerated in what is called the “just war” doctrine.

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s2c2a5.htm

 

Posted August 18, 2014 by ouidaofs in Just War Doctrine, Terrorism

Let Us Walk Among Them With Works of Mercy   Leave a comment

On this August morning, let us who call ourselves Christian, with a gentle and courteous spirit, “accept all people as a gift of the Lord and an image of Christ.” Church, if you are seeking to help the poor, let us individually and as churches begin in our own towns and neighborhoods. The poor – the needy – the suffering are among us and they need us every day. They need for us “to love our neighbor as ourselves.” They need for us to walk among them, distributing loaves and fishes.

Let us show charity to our neighbors with corporal works of mercy:

Feed the hungry
Give drink to the thirsty
Clothe the naked
Shelter the homeless
Visit the sick
Visit the imprisoned
Bury the dead

Let us show charity to our neighbors with spiritual works of mercy:

Admonish the sinner
Instruct the ignorant
Counsel the doubtful
Comfort the sorrowful
Bear wrongs patiently
Forgive all injuries
Pray for the living and the dead

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church on works of mercy:

2447 The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead. Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God:

“He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none and he who has food must do likewise.” [Luke 3:11] “But give for alms those things which are within; and behold, everything is clean for you.” [Luke 11:41] “If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit?” [James 2:15-16]

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