Wednesday, November 10, 2004

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.”


2 Comments:

Blogger Lord Emu said...

... "benevolent severity" ... an oxymoron from a moron if ever there was. So violence by another name is OK for Catholics then? ... who decides what a last resort is? ... some other moronic "Holy" meglomaniac arbitrator who thinks he has responsibility for what he considers to be the common good? ... no different from the belief of the fanatical Muslim wired with explosive really is it? ... violence begets violence always and evolution has built in the concept of escalation.... and what happened to 'turning the other cheek' ?

6:07 PM  
Blogger TERRIER said...

Lord Emu,

POint no. 1 - these are idiots on a little island.
2 - they have no idea of the history of the world
3 - they dont even know that their arguments about everything are the same arguments of every kind of extremist in the world, repeated word by word.
4 - also goes to follow that they have not bothered reading anything other than the Bible - or they would know that they are repeating the arguments of Osama etc
5 - total belief in the goodness of america - whcih also means that they have no friends outside the US, have never faced the consequences of the US' actions abroad.

Jerks.

11:54 PM  

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