Fratelli Tutti 256: The Injustice of War

The injustice of war

256. “Deceit is in the mind of those who plan evil, but those who counsel peace have joy” (Prov 12:20).

Christians speak of just wars, of defending the innocent, and prudential judgment. This is all well and good. But all sides in a war must plan, and plans usually include death for the opponent, and not every person viewed as opponent is morally responsible.

Yet there are those who seek solutions in war, frequently fueled by a breakdown in relations, hegemonic ambitions, abuses of power, fear of others and a tendency to see diversity as an obstacle. [Cf. Message for the 2020 World Day of Peace (8 December 2019), 1: L’Osservatore Romano, 13 December 2019, p. 8]

Do you agree with this assessment that war is a growing threat?

War is not a ghost from the past but a constant threat. Our world is encountering growing difficulties on the slow path to peace upon which it had embarked and which had already begun to bear good fruit.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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