Wednesday, January 8, 2020

For the Soul of Qassem Suleimani

Martin Hill emails:

Hi Bob, an interesting idea came to me this morning after Mass, during my daily hour of Eucharistic Adoration. 

So I sent the following email to my parish office. I think it's a good idea, as Catholics. (Because assassinations & neocon wars are not moral):
Hello, I'd like to have a Mass said for the soul of recently deceased General Qassem Suleimani at the next available Sunday Mass. Please let me know when the soonest available date is & how much is the stipend , I believe it's  $10, correct? Please make sure they spell and pronounce Mr. Suleimani's name correctly. 
Thank you,
Martin Hill

2309 The strict conditions for legitimate defense by military force require rigorous consideration. The gravity of such a decision makes it subject to rigorous conditions of moral legitimacy. At one and the same time:

- the damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave, and certain;
- all other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective;
- there must be serious prospects of success;
- the use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated. The power of modem means of destruction weighs very heavily in evaluating this condition.
These are the traditional elements enumerated in what is called the "just war" doctrine.
The evaluation of these conditions for moral legitimacy belongs to the prudential judgment of those who have responsibility for the common good.


  1. It's indeed possible to do it for non-Catholics, but, in that case, they generally don't announce it as "private intention."