Your Life in Christ: Foundations in Catholic Morality (Third Edition)

Chapter 8: Just War?


Just War?

Film Focus: Fr. John Muir discusses the Catholic understanding of war referencing the movie American Sniper to illustrate this teaching. He advocates a middle road between war-mongering and pacifism. Additionally, he discusses the four criteria for a just war.

Text Focus: Pages 279–282

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are the two extremes that Fr. Muir describes regarding attitudes toward war? Why might these be problematic?
  2. Does the Church ever morally allow for war? Why or why not?
  3. What are the four criteria for a just war?
  4. Is war ever an end in itself? Explain your answer.

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