The struggle to develop a just war tradition in the West

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Written as the first chapter of War on Iraq - A Just War? by Bruce Duncan CSsR this chapter was omitted because of lack of space. However, this short history sketches some background to debates on the morality of war.

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The Church speaks on War and Peace

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Because of the evils and injustices that all war brings with it,
we must do everything reasonably possible to avoid it.  
The Church prays, “From famine, pestilence, and war, O Lord, deliver us”.

Catechism of the Catholic Church, n 2327

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From Rejection to Proclamation

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A Brief Overview of the Development of the Catholic Church’s Thinking on Human Rights

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The Unwanted Stranger? Refugees in Australia

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The asylum process can be a long and traumatic one for the refugee applicants.  It places much stress on them to meet very strict time limits and operate in a bureaucratic and legal culture often unfamiliar to them. 

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The ‘Pacific Solution’

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The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council is opposed to the ‘Pacific Solution’. We believe that everyone intercepted in Australian waters or on Australian territory seeking asylum in Australia should have their claims to refugee or humanitarian status determined in Australia, rather than being diverted to other countries for processing. This paper sets out our reasons for adopting this stance, and our concerns regarding the ‘Pacific Solution’.

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