Cosmos in the Lost on the Folly of Continuing Iraq War Defenses

Cosmos in the Lost on the Folly of Continuing Iraq War Defenses March 18, 2015

The nub is, Cardinal Ratzinger said it all:

Your Eminence, a question about current events, in some way connected to the Catechism. Does the coalition war on the Iraq come within the canons of the “just war”?

RATZINGER: The Pope has very clearly expressed his thoughts, not only as the thoughts of an individual, but as the thoughts of a man of conscience occupying the highest functions in the Catholic Church. Of course, he has not imposed this position as a doctrine of the Church, but as the appeal of a conscience enlightened by the faith. This judgment of the Holy Father is convincing from a rational point of view also: reasons sufficient for unleashing a war against Iraq did not exist. First of all it was clear from the very beginning that proportion between the possible positive consequences and the sure negative effect of the conflict was not guaranteed. On the contrary, it seems clear that the negative consequences will be greater than anything positive that might be obtained. Without considering then that we must begin asking ourselves whether as things stand, with new weapons that cause destruction that goes well beyond the groups involved in the fight, it is still licit to allow that a “just war” might exist.

It was foolish to invoke prudential judgment as the rationale for ignoring the Church before the war.  It is folly squared to go on invoking prudential judgment now that everything the Church warned of has been borne out in spades.  Hence my resolve to stop listening to conservative rejections of magisterial guidance on the grounds of “prudential judgment” until such dissenters demonstrate that they have the prudence God gave geese.  A subculture with such an epic track record of visible-from-space wrongness about so much so many times for so long needs to rethink itself from the ground up.


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  • BHG

    But there seems to be a call for for e against Isis now, right?

  • Andy

    Prudential judgement seems tied now to politics and economics, and not what the church teaches – as I understood prudential judgment it involved a conscious understanding of what the church teaches and then the willingness to look at the ends – both the positive and the negative and decide what actions lead to the more positive outcomes.
    It strikes me that the only teaching of the church that the prudential judgment folks you refer to accept as absolutes are negative teaching and find that the positive teachings of the church are open for debate. Strikes me as strange – not that I don’t and I imagine all of us struggle to understand some/much of what the church teaches and struggle even more to live it – but to question based on political leanings or economic views speaks to a refusal to be obedient and acceptance – part of our shared faith.

    • HornOrSilk

      It is why for a lot (on all sides of the political spectrum), faith seems to be seen as a primary negative thing. Thou shalt not. This do not do. There is no positive content. The thing is, faith is about the positive not the negative. To turn it so negative is to discount the faith itself. Which is not surprising since we live in a practically atheistic age, even by people of so-called faith. Their lack of positive content demonstrates their atheism, for God is positive being, which is the thing they lack the most.

      • Andy

        I couldn’t agree more.

      • Sue Korlan

        Once upon a time people compared their actions to the virtues and vices and confessed themselves accordingly. Now they look at the Ten Commandments, which are a lot more negative. You can still compare yourself to constantly virtuous behavior in the sacrament.

  • Adrina George

    Don’t know what’s best for Iraq, Both countries have governments installed by foreign power and do not have public support. Hexder hardly feel sorry.