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Moral Theologian Explains Catholic Just War Teaching and the War in Ukraine

Yuriy DyachyshynUkrainian soldiers and family attend the burial of Teodor Osadchyi, a soldier killed during the Russian invasion, at Lychakiv cemetery in Lviv, western Ukraine, on Tuesday.

“Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others. … For this reason, those who legitimately hold authority also have the right to use arms to repel aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their responsibility.” (CCC 2265)