Fratelli Tutti: Francis - Saint Augustin 0-1

It is “very difficult” nowadays to speak of the possibility of a “just war,” Francis writes in his third and longest (45,000 words) encyclical Fratelli Tutti (Brothers All, October 4).

In footnote 242, he claims, “Saint Augustine, who forged a concept of ‘just war’ that we no longer uphold in our own day, also said that ‘it is a higher glory still to stay war itself with a word, than to slay men with the sword, and to procure or maintain peace by peace, not by war’.”

This is true, nevertheless, Augustine's just-war-criteria are objective and not subject to a lazy "we no longer uphold in our days."

In his lightweight encyclical, Francis mostly footnotes his own documents and messages, sometimes, he quotes post-conciliar popes or Thomas Aquinas.

Eight times, he refers to the erroneous Abu Dhabi document arguing that the encyclical develops "some of the great themes" raised therein.

Francis reiterates his private opinion that the death penalty "is inadmissible,” which again is false, and even claims that "there can be no stepping back from this [wrong] position."

He campaigns for the abolition of the death penalty and life imprisonment which he calls “a secret death penalty.” Both positions may be legitimate political positions, but politics should be kept out of an encyclical.


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The death penalty stuff has nothing to do with the death penalty. It's about making all future "dogma" malleable.
Francis goes on and on about the death penalty, but he talks a lot like the people who loved the guillotine.
Did Jesus command death penalty for sodomite when he said, "
It would be better for him to have a millstone hung around his neck and to be thrown into the sea than to cause one of these little ones to stumble?"
"Liberty" - 5 "Fraternity" - 34 "Equality" - 15
The encyclical us hailed as an “appeal to concord," “oxygen” for dialogue, and a “wellspring for a fatigued world."
Oh my God, another logorrheic document that few will manage to get through unscathed!
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