There are many people who are rallying to the defense of the soldier Bradley Manning, who was convicted of charges in connection to the leaking of sensitive government documents.
The Catechism states (2239): It is the duty of citizens to contribute along with the civil authorities to the good of society in a spirit of truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom. The love and service of one’s country follow from the duty of gratitude and belong to the order of charity. Submission to legitimate authorities and service of the common good require citizens to fulfill their roles in the life of the political community.
Oath of loyalty taken by all members of the military:
I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
I fail to see how Manning’s anti-war views could have, in any way, trumped his duty to his country as a member of the military. What do others think about the moral implications of this case?