The Pope, ISIS and U.S. Military Intervention

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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Comment by Valentine Olushola Oyedipe on April 1, 2015 at 12:56pm

Thanks Mr Al, the unexplored areas of the world is not on the continent neither is it in the seas but in the hearts and minds of men(anonymous)The mind which is the seat of intelligence of man is responsible for the evils/wars/violence that have plagued man in history.The same mind will be the starting point for the decay of the evils/wars/violence.However,Carnegie's support for the book will be highly appreciated.

Comment by Al LeBlanc on March 27, 2015 at 7:43am

Valentine:  Agree, Especially "worth moral responsibility to intervene" by Moral Political & Religious Leaders and UsAll Individuals of Conscience WorldWide..  Hopefully, Your Cyberpeacefare & Cybernetics Book Will Aarouse Consciences ?  Is Carnegie supporting your book effort ?  Al

Comment by Valentine Olushola Oyedipe on March 26, 2015 at 9:21am

I want to believe that the position of Vatican and the US on ISIS must have stemmed from the principles of situational ethics. Yes, the church does not preach violence and killing of humans. But the death toll and the untold hardships the victims of this barbaric act suffer is worth the moral  responsibility to intervene by concerned individuals and institutions at large the world over.

Comment by Al LeBlanc on March 23, 2015 at 3:08pm

IMO,The Pope-Vatican is showing CourageousMoraleLeadership in speaking out against ISIS Genocide.  Where are Other World Religious Leaders in Joining the Choir of Condemnation of such Barbarism ?   

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