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Authority Lies and War: Democracy and the Just War Theory

The American government’s use of deception in making its case for the Iraq War to the American people, argues the author, revealed a deficit in the integration of democratic ideas into Catholic conceptions of just war theory. The article places the call for the deeper integration of such ideas into Catholic thought on war and peace in the context of contemporary scholarly debate between schools of just war theory: “presumption against violence” versus “presumption for justice.”

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