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A Morally-Confused Marine

Stuart Koehl Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 9:35 AM
Under the Canons of St. Basil the Great., those who killed in battle were required to abstain from communion for two years (the canonical recourse for murder). This should not be seen as a punishment or a penalty, but as an opportunity for "metanoia" (often translated as repentance, but better understood as a "change of heart" or "conversion"). Through prayer, fasting and abstention from the sacraments, the soldier is brought back to God, healed of the wounds to mind and soul, and reintegrated into the Body of Christ. It seems to me a more realistic and less cynical approach to a difficult moral quandary than saying "Killing is wrong, except if you meet the following criteria".

Last week, the Washington Post published an opinion piece by a Marine captain titled, "I Killed People in Afghanistan. Was I Right or Wrong?"

The column by Timothy Kudo, who is now a graduate student at New York University, is a fine example of the moral confusion leftism has wrought over the last half century. Captain Kudo's moral confusion may predate his graduate studies, but if so, it has surely been reinforced and strengthened at NYU.

The essence of Mr. Kudo's piece is that before he served in Afghanistan he was ethically unprepared for killing, that killing is...

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