The most characteristic American heresy, left and right, is the conviction that you can do grave evil to achieve a good end. The sole difference is which grave evil and which good end these political camps embrace. And they often justify their preferred evil by comparing it to the really truly grave evil of Those Guys Over There. Abortionists compare themselves to those truly horrible war criminals and congratulate themselves for saving innocent women. War criminals and their fanboys compare themselves to those truly horrible abortionists and congratulate themselves for saving innocent troops. All of them loathe the command against embracing grave evil that good may come of it that has been a core moral teaching of Holy Church ever since Paul penned Romans 3:8.
So: to reiterate, it is always and everywhere, under every circumstance, gravely immoral and worthy of the everlasting fires o hell to deliberately kill innocent human life. It is immoral for the abortionist and it is immoral for the soldier who deliberately shoots through the innocent civilian to kill the soldier standing behind him. That, in the final analysis, is what we chose to do at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I defy Catholic apologists to find a single Pope or magisterial authority on the planet who says such an act is not a “crime against man and God”. It’s high time we stopped making excuses for it, much less celebrating it.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Mark Shea today, on American apologists for the evils of war: