War is sometimes necessary, says archbishop at annual military mass
Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien of the American Archdiocese for the Military Services, delivered the homily on the theme of just war, quoting St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine.
Whether in Iraq or Afghanistan today, or in past wars, St. Augustine's philosophy of “benevolent severity” is as necessary now as it was in the early centuries of Christianity, Archbishop O'Brien said. The idea behind the phrase is that goodness can come, and at times can only come, out of violence that is used as a last resort to defend and protect others.
“The Church sadly recognizes that war is sometimes necessary,” he said, “and when all is said and done, the final responsibility rests with those who have responsibility for the common good.”