Much is being made of the Vatican’s uncharacteristic statements lending support for limited use of force against ISIS [Vice News]. The most recent came from Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See’s representative to the UN agencies in Geneva and Vienna. In an interview with Crux, Archbishop Tomasi said, "We have to stop this kind of genocide. Otherwise we'll be crying out in the future about why we didn't do something, why we allowed such a terrible tragedy to happen." [Crux interview]
Archbishop Tomasi’s recent statement is consistent with statements by Pope Francis, who said last August, in response to questions about the U.S. bombing campaign, that, "In these cases, where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say that it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor.” [Pope interview]
Is the Vatican position on ISIS a sharp departure from recent Church teaching and action on the use of military force? Does the United States have any special moral responsibility to intervene?
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