by Bruce Duncan,

Catholic Weekly, 20 April 2003,11.

Pope John Pail II’s opposition to the Iraq war has been raising difficult questions for Catholics, especially in the United Stats itself.

The Wall Stree Journal editorialised that “a strain in John Paul’s thinking…. Sits uncomfortably with 1500 years of Catholic teaching on the legitimate use to force, a teaching, moreover, that asks not when authorities have the ‘right’ to use force but when they have the obligation”.

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