Resources for Educators: War and Just War Theory
Deliberate hatred is contrary to charity. Hatred of the neighbor is a sin when one deliberately wishes him evil. Hatred of the neighbor is a grave sin when one deliberately desires him grave harm. "But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven."
Respect for and development of human life require peace. Peace is not merely the absence of war, and it is not limited to maintaining a balance of powers between adversaries. Peace cannot be attained on earth without safeguarding the goods of persons, free communication among men, respect for the dignity of persons and peoples, and the assiduous practice of fraternity. Peace is "the tranquility of order." Peace is the work of justice and the effect of charity. CCC 2303-4.
- Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part III, Section 2, Chapter 2, Article 5, n.2302-17.
- Pastoral Letter on War and Peace, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (1983).
- "How to Vote Catholic: War," CatholiCity: The Catholic Church Simplified
- "Just War Doctrine," Catholic Answers
- "When is War Justified?," AmericanCatholic.org
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