Posted 16 сентября 2022,, 06:31

Published 16 сентября 2022,, 06:31

Modified 24 декабря 2022,, 22:38

Updated 24 декабря 2022,, 22:38

The Pope said that the supply of weapons to Kiev can be "morally permissible"

The Pope said that the supply of weapons to Kiev can be "morally permissible"

16 сентября 2022, 06:31
If the weapons supplied to Ukraine are used for self-defense, then such supplies are "morally permissible," Francis said. At the same time, the pontiff believes, it is immoral to transfer weapons to Kyiv if this can provoke a war.

The topic was discussed during the visit of the Pope to Kazakhstan.

“This is a political decision that can be morally acceptable if it is made on the basis of morality", - the Pope said in response to a journalist's question about whether it is morally right to send weapons to the Kiev regime.

Citing the principles of "just war" of the Roman Catholic Church, the pontiff explained that the "proportional" use of lethal weapons for self-defense is allowed:

"Self-defense is not only legal, but also an expression of love for the Motherland ... If you defend something, you love it. It can be immoral if your intention is to provoke another war or sell weapons or get rid of weapons that are no longer needed. Motivation is what largely determines the morality of this action".

In addition, he believes that Moscow and Kyiv need to start a dialogue. He also spoke about the resumption of negotiations in July.

Note that the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill refused to participate in the congress of religious leaders in Kazakhstan. Instead, a delegation headed by Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk went to the event in Kazakhstan from the Russian Orthodox Church.

Earlier, we recall, the Pope agreed that the reason for the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine was the deployment of NATO troops near the borders of the Russian Federation.