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Some twenty-five years ago a Catholic bishop said to me, “Just war? What just war?
No such thing exists. But we must not tell this to the people.” Now, at a distance, the
easiest judgment to make on this man is
that he is just a blatant hypocrite, posturing as an authoritative teacher of the
Gospel when in fact he is intentionally
withholding an important dimension of
it. But, when seen close up he is a man of
intelligence and of more than ordinary
compassion. He simply does not see how
he for his people—or a Pope and an Ecumenical Council for the entire Church—
could teach that Christians cannot follow
Jesus by participating in the military,
without having nation after nation turn
on its Christian population like enraged
beasts.

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