In a video conference on Wednesday to discuss the war in Ukraine and “the role of Christians,” open-borders globalist Pope Francis told Moscow Patriarch Kirill that “wars are always unjust,” rejecting 1500 years of Catholic “just war” theory.
“Those who pay the price for the war are the people; they are the Russian soldiers and the people who are bombed and die,” Pope Francis told the patriarch of all Russia, a key supporter of President Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine.
“As pastors, we have the duty to be close and help all the people who suffer from war,” the pope continued. “At one time there was talk in our Churches of holy war or just war. Today we cannot speak like that. The Christian awareness of the importance of peace has developed.”
“Wars are always unjust,” he continued, “because those who pay are the people of God. Our hearts cannot fail to weep in front of the children, the women killed, all the victims of war.”
“War is never the way,” he concluded.
War is indeed hellish and the suffering it causes is incalculable. But as John Stuart Mill put it, “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things… As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever-renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other.” If Christians do not acknowledge, as such giants of the faith as St. Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas argued, that some wars are just and necessary, then evil will triumph in the world.