Pope Francis: "violence and war are never the way to peace"
From Rev'd Dr Peter Mullen:
I hear that the Bishop of Rome hath declared: “War is always a failure for humanity.”
This is an interesting judgement but there is nothing Christian or, even Roman Catholic, about it. God’s Holy Word doth allow that men shall defend the nation in the which it hath pleased him to set us. As it saith in the opening words of Psalm 68 Let God arise and let his enemies be scattered; let them also that hate him flee before him. In the 13th century, as thou knowest, St Thomas taught the doctrine of the just war: that war is permissible, saving it must be fought for a cause which is right, that it should have clear aims, that it should be proportionate and that the civilian population should not be targeted. Appended to Your Grace’s Book of Common Prayer stand the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion of the which Article XXXVII saith,
It is lawful for Christian men, at the commandment of the Magistrate, to wear weapons, and serve in the wars.I perceive that this Pope of Rome hath departed so far from true doctrine as to stand in the following of Renaissance Humanism and that moreover he hath fallen in with the Pelagian or Manichæan thing which saith that acts be morally right or wrong in themselves without reference to the intention applied thereof. One might as well say, Your Grace, that the very stones are capable of palpable evil without there be any man which chucketh them.
Wherefrom cometh this worldly doctrine except it be a following after the fashion of the secular sort, of the unilateralism of them which do cloke their self-righteousness under the veil of pacifism and peacenickery? By the which the widow and the orphan go all unprotected and the innocent are preyed upon by the malice of our enemies.
As thou knowest also, and for which we daily thank Our Father in heaven, The Pope of Rome hath no jurisdiction in this realm of England.
Rev'd Dr Peter Mullen is an author and former rector of St Michael's, Cornhill in the City of London.