[quote=Aragorn]I heard on Catholic Relevant Radio last night a Dr. Mark Miraveilli (bad spelling) speaking on the Holy Father’s disapproval of the war in Iraq. I have a couple of questions: Is it sinful to support the war in Iraq, and, if so, why? I beleive that there are a myriad of sound reasons to support such action. However, I always will bend to the Church. So, is this an area of binding doctrine that the Holy See is proclaiming?
I am sure there has been a number of threads here, but I have not found any.
No, it is not sinful to support the war in Iraq.
"Tomasi’s remarks directly reflect Pope John Paul II’s thinking. In his message for the 2000 World Day of Peace, the pope said that “when a civilian population risks being overcome by the attacks of an unjust aggressor, and political efforts and non-violent defense prove to be of no avail, it is legitimate and even obligatory to take concrete measure to disarm the aggressor.”
"If the just war tradition is indeed a tradition of statecraft, then the proper role of religious leaders and public intellectuals is to do everything possible to clarify the moral issues at stake in a time of war, while recognizing that what we might call the “charism of responsibility” lies elsewhere–with duly constituted public authorities, who are more fully informed about the relevant facts and who must bear the weight of responsible decision–making and governance. It is simply clericalism to suggest that religious leaders and public intellectuals “own” the just war tradition in a singular way."firstthings.com/ftissues/ft0301/articles/weigel.html
“Among true worshipers of God those wars are looked on as peacemaking which are waged neither from aggrandizement nor cruelty but with the object of securing peace, of repressing the evil and supporting the good.”– St. Thomas Aquinas.