Chapter 8: 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
- What are the two extremes that Fr. Muir describes regarding attitudes toward war? Why might these be problematic?
- Does the Church ever morally allow for war? Why or why not?
- What are the four criteria for a just war?
- Is war ever an end in itself? Explain your answer.
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