How does this fit into the just war doctrine? How many civilian lives can you morally take to replace a corrupt culture with a Catholic culture? Sincere question. Want to understand your perspective. Colonization is impossible without much bloodshed.
Let’s say, by some miracle, there was a newly reformed Holy Roman Empire in Europe that was thoroughly Catholic. With the Pope’s blessing, the HRE decided that the evils of America (the heresy of protestantism, widespread abortion, gay marriage, etc) had to be eradicated. During the colonization efforts, Americans would obviously fight back. When all was said and done, 35 million Americans died… but with the result 300 million living under a benevolent Catholic theocracy that eliminated the above mentioned evils. Would you welcome this as a moral action?