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Pope Francis’s refusal to condemn Putin spurs debate in Catholic Church

May 23, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: “Defenders of Francis’s strategy say the pope is maintaining a neutrality that has long been at the center of Holy See diplomacy,” the Post reports. “In a more critical telling, though, Francis is misperceiving the war and squandering some of his moral authority in a conflict where religion and Christianity are adjacent to the politics and fighting.”

“Though Catholic teaching has long held that countries have the right to defend themselves under certain circumstances, the Pope’s statements have been vague enough to leave Catholics uncertain about whether he thinks Ukraine’s defense is justified,” the report continues.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - May. 23, 2022 11:51 AM ET USA

    I just wrote the editors of the "S.F. Examiner" to ask if anyone reviews what they publish before it goes to press. I asked because they referred to Archbishop Cordileone as a "radical conservative". Anyone born before 1960 will understand why I asked the question. Now we see the Washington Post distinguishing religion from Christianity. They must buy into the myth that true religion is a myth. Regarding the Ukraine conflict, Pope Francis sees it for what it is: a U.S. proxy war against Russia.