May Catholics support our troops in Iraq?

Although the Pope is opposed to the war in Iraq, what is its position on supporting our troops? Isn’t it possible to be in support of the men and women of our military regardless of one’s position on the war itself? Would it be against the Church to have a soldier ready to be deployed in Iraq soon, visit a Catholic Middle School class to answer questions? Looking forward to your responses…

Hi,

Although Pope John Paul was personally opposed to the war in Iraq, the Church has no official position on it. It is certainly praiseworthy to support fellow citizens who are willing to risk their lives for what they believe is the protection of others from the evils of terrorism. The Church encourages all selfless concern for others. Children need to be exposed to such selflessness.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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