Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Encyclical on just war theory ‘plausible’, says Cardinal

Cardinal Peter Turkson, the head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, has called for a “broad and deeply felt” debate on the question of just war theory and said a papal encyclical on the issue was possible. He also said that proposals to drop the concept of just war were “legitimate”.

Cardinal Turkson spoke to the Sunday Times after a conference sponsored by Pax Christi International, the Catholic peace movement, and the Vatican’s justice and peace office, earlier this month. At the conclusion of the conference participants called for the Catholic Church to renounce its just war doctrine and for Pope Francis to write an encyclical on nonviolence and “just peace.”

In a closing statement, attendees at the conference said that too often the doctrine had been used to justify and endorse military action rather than prevent it.

Cardinal Turkson said he hoped “the debate on these issues, now as pressing as ever, will continue.”

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3 comments:

Prior Martin said...

I look forward to the day when the Muzzies storm the Vatican and no army comes to its aid, not even the Swiss Guard. After all, all wars are unjust, even those of self-defense.
Frankie will be atop the parapets waving his yellow and white papal flag. Yellow to signify cowardice and white to signify total surrender to Allah. I can't wait!
It's a good thing the RCC requires, at least on paper, its clergy to be celibate because it's obvious these "men" have no testicles.

Unknown said...

Damn, P. Martin. You said that with all the rancor of an atheist.

I can assure you not everyone priest in Rome lacks cohones. I know a few who have them.

http://eponymousflower.blogspot.com/2016/04/madrid-famous-astrophysicist-and-jesuit.html?m=1

-Alex

The Anti-Gnostic said...

If the Faith is an independent, disembodied truth that exists even if there are no humans alive to practice it, then yes, Just War is archaic.

If the Faith requires cultural expression in the singing of hymns, people engaged in liturgy and constructing architecture, then the continued failure of the hierarchs to craft a rational doctrine of self-defense is proof of their nihilism.

+Francis is just laying the groundwork for Europeans to acquiesce in their own annihilation and the Vatican to exist, if at all, as a Christian ghetto surrounded by Muslims supported by remittances from the Americas; a shepherd who despises his flock.