Well, I guess this is newsworthy considering the neo-Pacifism that has infested the Vatican since Vatican II:
Cardinal Fernando Filoni has traveled twice to Iraq on behalf of Pope Francis to bring comfort to victims of the Islamic State.
The time to act has come, according to Cardinal Filoni. He said that words and good intentions are no longer enough to protect people in the Middle East.
“We need political action and proportional military action. This is not killing for killing. It should not be so ever, but defense mechanisms are needed.”
Proportional military action? Now I realize this is a favored Catholic buzz phrase in recent decades when it comes to military action, and it is also nonsense, especially when it comes to battling a death cult like ISIS. In war you want to devastate your adversary so greatly that they will not consider rising against you again. After the war is won you can bring in all the reconstruction and humanitarian assistance you wish, but none of that is of any utility until the military conflict is concluded with victory. Half measures merely ensure stalemate and ultimate defeat in any conflict. The epitome of this type of rubbish was during Vietnam where the US would bomb, with great White House imposed restrictions as to targets, for a while, Hanoi would begin to suffer, Hanoi would send out a peace feeler, and the US would stop, giving Hanoi a breathing space to recover. It is hard to imagine a strategy more likely to ensure defeat. Whenever military action is necessary, it should always involve bringing disproportionate force against the adversary. To do otherwise is to betray those called upon to fight.