The Holy Father is the Vicar of Christ and Successor of Peter
and we, as all Catholics should revere and respect his words and
also pray for him. You can read one of his
Address to the Diplomatic Corp.
This being said we find the media distorting the Pope's call for
peaceful solutions and his urging that war leads to violence.
The Pope is not a pacifist, but we would never expect him to be
outspoken in favor of any war The Holy Father is and should be
challenging the world to solve all disagreements through peaceful
means. His admonitions are based both on long standing
tradition of the Catholic Church on war being the last resort and
his love and respect for the sacredness of life. The Pope is
not stating a defined teaching of the Church with regard to this
specific war. But his words should cause us pause.
Based on this understanding we soberly believe, based on the
facts, this war meets the conditions for a just war. We must
always remain vigilant and keep our political leaders fixed on
this moral goal. The Just War Doctrine does not focus solely
on the conditions prior to going to war but also how the war is
executed. Read our position on this