Just war theory latin jus bellum justum is a doctrine also referred to as a tradition of military ethics studied by military leaders theologians ethicists and policy makersthe purpose of the doctrine is to ensure war is morally justifiable through a series of criteria all of which must be met for a war to be considered justthe criteria are split into two groups right to go to war . Professionally converted for accurate flowing text e book format reproduction this unique book examines the role of the modern catholic church just war tradition and modern military strategywarfare in the modern era is especially destructive a. Editors introduction catholic doctrine is never an untimely thing however certain doctrines come to the fore from time to time due to circumstances in the church and the world presently there is a perpetual war for perpetual peace as one clever commentator quipped which brings the catholic doctrine of the just war into the spotlight or it should anyway. The third root of the us bishops recasting of the catholic conception of just war as beginning with a presumption against war was the pragmatic need to find a compromise between proponents of traditional catholic just war theory and those catholics who under a variety of influences had come to regard their faith as opposing war altogether. Recently the catholic journalist david gibson has wondered whether the christian just war tradition might be a casualty of the conflict in syria gibson points out that writers drawing on just war reasoning have reached diametrically opposed conclusions on syria even those who share similar ideological commitments he notes contrasting opinions in both first things and the national catholic
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