Fr. Charles Irvin
There are times, of course, when the use of deadly force is necessary in self-defense but that is rarely the case in our own individual lives. The question of justifiable war is separate and distinct from what I am speaking about here. Self-defense is certainly justifiable in limited situations. Similarly the Just War arguments have elements are linked to self-defense but both of these considerations are another topic that we cannot consider here in this short homily.