“Please stop! I ask you with all my heart, it’s time to stop. Stop, please! Brothers and sisters, never war, never war! I am thinking above all of children, who are deprived of the hope of a worthwhile life, of a future; dead children, injured children, mutilated children, orphaned children, children whose toys are things left over from war, children who can’t smile any more.” ~Pope Francis (source)
I’m calling “shenanigans” on this.
Every pope in my lifetime has at some point made the statement- with a tear in his eye and a crack in his voice- “War is bad.”
What they are very careful never to do is to be specific. I have never heard a pope say, “Catholics may not participate in this one.” They have never limited the carnage their membership may inflict, so long as they are wearing a hat and uniform.
Until they do, I’m going to call this what it is: papal theater.