June 16, 2024

Pope: Supplying Weapons To Ukraine Is Morally Acceptable


Pope Francis answers reporters' questions during a conference aboard the papal plane on his flight back to Rome after visiting Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, 15 September 2022. Alessandro Di Meo/POOL via REUTERS

Pope Francis tells reporters that it is morally legitimate for nations to supply weapons to Ukraine to help the country defend itself from Russian aggression. The report on this was republished by The Philippine Daily Inquirer last September 16, 2022.

According to Francis, “Self-defense is not only licit but also an expression of love for the homeland. Someone who does not defend oneself, who does not defend something, does not love it. Those who defend (something) loves it.”

On the difference between when it is moral or immoral to supply weapons to another country, Francis said, “This is a political decision which it can be moral, morally acceptable if it is done under conditions of morality…It can be immoral if the intention is to provoke more war or to sell arms or dump arms that (a country) no longer needs. The motivation is what in large part qualifies the morality of this action”.

Editor’s Note: In this article, we witness two institutions colluding to promote a certain narrative: media and organized religion. The narrative: the continuous bankrolling of the war in Ukraine is morally acceptable and should be lauded.

While many people do not realize it, this article is a powerful piece, particularly in the Philippines where a majority of citizens are Roman Catholics. It is a call for support for this proxy war against Russia. It is also rationalizing the excessive spending of the governments in support of this war at a time when their own citizens are in need of support to overcome the increasing costs of living in their own countries.

Many people, Filipinos in particular, will find this difficult to believe. Francis is a part of the New World Order. Remember how he told people in 2021 that taking the experimental COVID shots was “an act of love”? [Read Pope Francis releases new ad, calls receiving toxic COVID bioweapons “an act of love”, also read Catholics criticize Pope Francis’ absolutism for the COVID jab].

Francis, despite all his pronouncements for the importance of freedom and fighting for what one loves, has allowed the Vatican to impose a vaccine mandate in 2021. Instead of waiting for people to show their “act of love” voluntarily, he has forced them into it.

Now he is saying that it is an act of love to continue to fuel a war, even though the United States and Europe can very easily call for a cease-fire and prioritize dialogues. In fact, Francis can play a major role in resolving this conflict if he wanted to. For one, there is a large number of Ukrainians and Russians who are Catholics. If he wanted peace, he can very easily tap into these communities to urge their government leaders to come to the negotiation table. For someone who tells people to always “choose love”, Francis has surely failed to walk his talk.

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