Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Gribbit on the Ethics of War
Great post by S.O.B.er Gribbet on why Iraq was a "just war" applying the USCCB outlines.
Saddam’s regime was torturing, murdering, and slaughtering his own people. He remained a threat to his neighbors in the region and was recognized as a sponsor of world wide terrorism.

Our continued presence is justified by the fact that we are responsible for destruction of their infrastructure, military, and law enforcement capabilities. We have a moral responsibility to remain until the Iraqi government can provide security for its own citizens. By remaining, and conducting military operations, we are attempting to reduce, if not end, the killing of innocents.
See, there ARE smart people in Cleveland! Welcome to the Alliance, Gribbit.

Update (06/14/06):

A Catholic theologian's view on why this falls under the just-war doctrine.

Another Catholic blogger continues the debate here.

Comments on "Gribbit on the Ethics of War"


Anonymous Theo said ... (7:59 PM) : 

Uh, the Pope said no.
So you're both wrong.


Blogger Chucko said ... (12:34 AM) : 

Yes, the Pope opposed the war, as did many Cardinals and Bishops. They and many others within and outside the Church had strong opinions in this regard. The Pope was not speaking ex cathedra, however, so this was not an absolute Catholic teaching and was open to debate within the Church. Here's another Catholic's view on the Iraq War.


Anonymous Theo said ... (3:00 AM) : 

Novak's a Republican first, a Catholic second - as are the rest of you.

I know your first instinct will be to deny that, but who exactly is a higher authority on Earth for Catholics than the Pope?

And you can't call a position on a particular war "ex cathedra" - good Catholics are opposed to ALL war.

Like I said, Republican first, Catholic second...which might mean you deify George W. Bush. Talk about someone unworthy of worship (or even basic respect)...


Blogger Chucko said ... (9:44 AM) : 

Theo, please... add to the debate and try to refrain from making calumnious statements about those expressing different views, particularly when it applies to something they hold much more dear than you do.

Of course it makes sense to oppose war under NEARLY all circumstances. Good Catholics support "just wars" and oppose unecessary war waged for monetary profit and personal gain. Before you get started, I know it is your personal belief that the Iraq battle of the War on Terror was waged for devious purposes. On this we disagree.

I am a conservative more closely than I am a Republican, and a Catholic before either of those.


Anonymous Theo said ... (6:06 PM) : 

I'm with the Pope and you're not - and you say you understand Catholic doctrine better than I do?

Guess I hit a nerve with that "Republican first, Catholic second" thing, huh?

Want a Hertz donut?


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