I just read a disgusting perverse article of badly mangled Catholic moral theology, in which the author, a deacon, justifies the tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, that struck countless innocent victims, sowing death on an unheard of scale.
The article contains many serious errors on Catholic moral teaching. The author shows himself to be entirely incompetent to write on the subject of ethics. And it is rather alarming to me that a deacon could compile so many errors in one brief text, and have it accepted by a Catholic publication.
The author goes so far as to suggest that perhaps the children killed in the nuclear bombings of those two cities can be considered enemy combatants:
“They were resolved to fight to the last man. And last woman. And even the last child, sad to say.”
“Two attacks, not just one, were ultimately needed to vanquish Japan’s resolve to fight to the last man, woman or child. Japan’s leaders surrendered only when it became clear that the United States really could effectively reduce Japan to that last man, woman or child.”
“The notion of a general population being viewed as and used as ‘combatants’ arose not from the United States but from the Empire of Japan.”
I’ll be writing a lengthy refutation of that article. For now, I will point out that the Church’s teaching on intrinsic evil is under attack, and the attack is from within the Church.
Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Pope Saint John Paul II: “I express my deep appreciation and strong support to all modern peacemakers. I do so especially by reason of the haunting memory of the atomic explosions which struck first Hiroshima and then Nagasaki in August 1945. They bear witness to the overwhelming horror and suffering caused by war: the final toll of that tragedy – as I recalled during my visit to Hiroshima – has not yet been entirely determined, nor has its total cost in human terms yet been calculated, particularly when we consider what effect nuclear war has had and could still have on our thinking, our attitudes and our civilization.”
Pope Saint John Paul II: “Your country remembers the painful episodes of the Second World War that struck countless innocent victims in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”
Pope Benedict XVI: “The tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where atomic energy used for the purposes of war, ended by sowing death on an unheard of scale, serve as a perennial warning.”
Pope Benedict XVI: “I also greet the group of survivors of the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and I pray that the world may never again witness such mass destruction of innocent human life.”