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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture March 18, 2022

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. …

Too many good Catholics have succumbed to simplistic thinking about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Some see only the suffering of the Ukrainian people, and insist that we must do everything within our power to repel the aggressors. Others see Vladimir Putin as the unlikely defender of Christian tradition, provoked by the decadent West. Both approaches are wrong.

The Russian invasion is indefensible; our sympathy for the Ukrainians is both natural and healthy. But not every step that we could take on their behalf would be prudent or morally licit.  …

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