Wednesday, February 26, 2003

GS #80 (cont.)
With these truths in mind, this most holy synod makes its own the condemnations of total war already pronounced by recent popes, and issues the following declaration.

Any act of war aimed indiscriminately at the destruction of entire cities of extensive areas along with their population is a crime against God and man himself. It merits unequivocal and unhesitating condemnation.

The unique hazard of modern warfare consists in this: it provides those who possess modem scientific weapons with a kind of occasion for perpetrating just such abominations; moreover, through a certain inexorable chain of events, it can catapult men into the most atrocious decisions. That such may never truly happen in the future, the bishops of the whole world gathered together, beg all men, especially government officials and military leaders, to give unremitting thought to their gigantic responsibility before God and the entire human race.
This is why I am unrelentingly against saturation bombing and any use of weapons of mass destruction by the United States....and why I am prone to think we ought not to even have them because of the "inexorable chain of events" that "can catapult men into the most atrocious decisions." I don't think the "I didn't mean to" defense is defensable.

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