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Pope Francis’ Passionate Plea For Peace Breaks Catholic War Doctrine: ‘Brothers And Sisters, Never War!’ [Video]

Pope Francis is making waves again; this time the unorthodox pontiff is begging for an end to all war. Last Sunday, during his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter’s Square, Pope Francis reflected on World War I as its 100th anniversary approached. Pope Francis set aside the formal Catholic “Just War Doctrine” and begged for peace.

“Please stop!” Pope Francis begged as raw emotion cracked his normally steadfast voice, “I ask you with all my heart, it’s time to stop. Stop, please!”

Huffington Post reported:

“Francis cited current warfare between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as in Iraq and in Ukraine. He told pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter’s Square Sunday that he was thinking of children — killed, maimed or orphaned by war — who ‘for toys, have the debris of war.'”

In a bold proclamation, Pope Francis declared, “Brothers and sisters, never war, never war! Everything is lost with war, nothing is lost with peace. Never more war.” Pope Francis’ decree of “never war” does not fall in line with the Catholic Church’s sentiment on war. The Catholic Church, in the past, believed that some wars are just and righteous.

The Catholic Church has what is called the “Just War Doctrine.” The term was coined by Saint Augustine of Hippo. Saint Augustine Hippo, according to Think Progress, “outlined a form of justifiable violence in his seminal work, ‘City of God.'” In 1993, the Catholic Church even put the “Just War Doctrine” into codification within Catechism of the Catholic Church. There was even a National Catholic War Council. Despite the Catholic Church’s established doctrine on war, Pope Francis appears to insist on following the commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.”

Catholic News reported that Pope Francis insisted, “Let’s remember that everything is lost with war and nothing is lost with peace.”
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15 Responses to “Pope Francis’ Passionate Plea For Peace Breaks Catholic War Doctrine: ‘Brothers And Sisters, Never War!’ [Video]”

  1. Mark Frances

    As a Catholic Nay vet, I would ask if this guy is "naïve or what". Frannie One, there is evil in the world. Take that to the bank. You live in a nebulous world. Run out to the balcony and take a "big whiff of reality".

  2. Leo Byron Fowler

    The media has once again put a spin on the Pope that would surprise even the Pope. The cry of no more wars is a common one from popes, especially in the modern era. I didn't see anything in this artilcle that suggest the pope has set aside just wars, as in wars of aggression.

  3. Ronald Brown

    Never war? What do you do when your brothers and sisters are being slaughtered? Do you just stand by and watch? Is apathy better than defense of those who you love? What kind of love pretends that Christians in the East will be fine and not lift a finger to stop the blood shed even by force. War against aggressors makes peace. Victory against tyrants makes peace. There is no greater love than to lay down your life for another. Read that scripture Pope.

  4. Anonymous

    Matthew 7:15
    "Watch out for false prophets. THEY COME TO YOU IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING, but INWARDLY ARE FEROCIOUS WOLVES.

    It is now becoming and revealing now a days which false religion is which. False prophets are putting billions and billions of people into damnation with the abominable idolatry and adding worthless traditional law which God ordered not to cling on.

    Matthew 24:24
    For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible.

    This religion will deceive the many as prophesied

    Revelation 20:8
    and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore

    Revelation 13:14
    Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he DECEIVED THE INHABITANTS OF THE EARTH. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived
    Revelation 17:2
    With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries."

    But what will happen to this deceitful religion?

    Isaiah 42:17
    But THOSE WHO TRUST IN IDOLS, WHO SAY TO IMAGES, 'You are our gods,' will be turned back IN UTTER SHAME.

    What does the bible say? Do not add to his laws with any form of tradition. Do not make ANY idols.

    Exodus 20:4
    "You shall NOT make for yourself an idol in the form of ANYTHING in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

    Mark 7:9
    And he said to them: "You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!

    4.Deuteronomy 4:2
    Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.

    What does this false religion PROMOTE? Lawlessness.

    2 Thessalonians 2:3-43Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for (that day will not come) until the rebellion occurs and the MAN OF LAWLESSNESS[a] is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God.

    When this fake church promotes lawlessness, what happens? Many will become evil as planned by Satan.
    Galatians 5:19-21 (New International Version)
    19The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

    What are the penalty?

    Revelation 21:8
    But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the IDOLATERS and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."

    So how many will this deceitful religion put to damnation? They are many as the sand of the sea as prophesied…

    Revelation 20:8-10 8and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—to gather them for battle. In number they are LIKE THE SAND ON THE SEA SHORE. 9They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God's people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them

    A revelation brought to you by a member of Church of Christ or Iglesia ni Cristo member Acts: 20:28 (Lamsa translation)

    John 17:3
    Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

    John 10:9
    Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures

  5. Anonymous

    Why do people insist on writing articles on Catholicism when they don't know anything about it?! A Pope's comments to the press, an interview, a book, his public sermon to the masses at St Peter's square are NOT considered "Papal Teaching" or even Church teaching covered by the Dogma of Infallibility. They are to be interpreted as personal comments, as fallible as your comments or mine.

  6. Anonymous

    Ho hum….hate to tell you but the Catholic Faith has been around since the verybeginning. It is people like YOU who have come into world recent times. Ironic isn't it? :)

  7. Cris Sirbu

    To think that by pleading against war will stop animosities is a big naiveté. Change will come when people learn to deal with inner issues, that implies repent, forgiveness, dealing with fear, strong faith, genuine love, etc.

  8. Michael Walker

    Yes, and God never sent Israel out to kill enemies? The Bible is replete with examples of Israel defending itself with God's blessing. But then that's just the Bible, right father?

  9. Thomas Schutz

    He's addressing the world in general, and you calling a decent man a moron for imploring people to put an end to war is about the most ignorant comment I have ever seen or heard. I think anyone reading your post knows who the real moron is.

  10. Anonymous

    secjga Ho hum…hate to remind you, but humans are fallible. That includes "popes" who contradict each other. There is a catholic (universal) church of believers and there are Catholic (Roman & Greek Orthodox) "faiths"…Rome, at least, puts papal bulls, tradition, and scripture on equal footing (well, seems that "scripture" gets the least billing). What is "ironic" is that the many heresies that have strode into the R.C. church will be exposed on Judgment Day…when a lot of surprised people will learn how wrong they have been in offending God.

  11. Anonymous

    In related news, the "pope" said that he was also against drowning kittens.