Life in Christ
Because of the evils and injustices that all war brings
with it, we must do everything reasonably possible to
avoid it. The Church prays: “From famine, pestilence,
and war, O Lord, deliver us.”
The Church and human reason assert the permanent
validity of the moral law during armed conflicts.
Practices deliberately contrary to the law of nations
and to its universal principles are crimes.
“The arms race is one of the greatest curses on the
human race and the harm it inflicts on the poor is
more than can be endured” (
81 § 3).
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called
sons of God” (