Murder is Not NiceThe hijackers killed more than 3,000 people, including themselves, that day: mostly in lower Manhattan. I think that was a bad thing to do. The Catholic Church disapproves of murder, suicide, and taking hostages. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2258-2269, 2280-2283, 2297-2298)
If you're expecting a rant about 'those fiends' burning in Hell: that's not gonna happen. I have no way of knowing how the hijackers' particular judgments went: and there's that Matthew 7:1-5 thing about not judging others.
War is Not NiceI've been using the term "war on terror" as a name for the conflict between folks who don't think wearing trousers should be punishable by death, and those who do.1 I didn't make up the term, of course.
I think war is not nice: things get broken; people get killed. I also think that sometimes war is better than the alternative. I'll get back to that in another post.
- "Osama bin Laden is Dead: No Rant"
(May 2, 2011)
- " 'Just War:' Unpleasant, but Not a Contradiction in Terms"
(March 22, 2011)
- "September 11, 2001: Nine Years Later"
Another War-on-Terror Blog (September 11, 2010)
- "War is Not Nice"
Another War-on-Terror Blog (February 15, 2010)
- "Remembering 9/11"
Another War-on-Terror Blog (September 11, 2007)
- "The War on Terror: 9/11/2001 - 9/11/2011"
(September 11, 2011)
- "Pennsylvania Catholics' work of mercy ends with Flight 93 burial"
Benjamin Mann, CNA (Catholic News Agency) (September 10, 2011)
- "US ambassador: John Paul II saw 9/11 as attack on all of humanity"
CNA (Catholic News Agency) (September 10, 2011)
1 Depending on where you are, wearing trousers may keep your legs warm, result in a fine, or get you killed:
- "Sudan, Women, Trousers, Culture and Common Sense"
Another War-on-Terror Blog (September 7, 2009)