Just War | What You Need to Know
The Catholic tradition includes a highly-developed theory concerning the conditions for just war which should inform our judgements about war in our own time. However, to adequately consider just war theory, it is necessary first to remove the discussion from the passions surrounding any particular war.
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- Just-War Theory, Catholic Morality, and the Response to International Terrorism
Just War theory represents a long tradition of Catholic thought which has not been fully articulated in any single Magisterial document. For a summary of the principles that have been officially enunciated by the Holy See concerning war, it is wise to consult both the section on Safeguarding Peace in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the broader treatment of peace and war found in the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church, by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.