Jackie Turvey Tait was an honorary postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Chester. Currently she is a tutor at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, and a research associate at Liverpool John Moores University. She holds degrees in Chemistry and Law and wrote her doctoral thesis on Germain Grisez’s natural law ethics.
It should be uncontroversial that the Ukrainians have a right to defend their people and their land. However, some have argued that Pope Francis is spearheading a rejection of the just war tradition, replacing it with a thoroughgoing pacifism that would in principle deny this right to the Ukrainian defenders. As an analysis of the Pope’s position, I think this is mistaken.