Why it is contrary to the Faith to support the Russian Federation’s Act of Aggression against Ukraine

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

The Divine and Catholic Faith, revealed by God and certified by Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection, through the Mandate Our Lord Jesus Christ gave to the Apostles to preach the Gospel of Salvation to every nation, requires that all Catholics believe the whole entire faith and put it into practice.

For this reason, you cannot be reckoned a practicing Catholic if you support the unjust aggression of the Russian Federation against the Republic of Ukraine.

This statement follows necessarily from applying revealed moral principles to the historic facts of the cause of the war:

MORAL PRINCIPLES

As the Triune God teaches in the Book of Moses (the first five books of the Bible):  THOU SHALT NOT KILL, that is, it is gravely immoral to take the life of an innocent.

Moreover, THOU SHALT NOT STEAL, that is, it is gravely immoral to take the property of an innocent.

Moreover, THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, that is, it is gravely immoral to use the members of the body in which the powers of procreation reside with another person who is not your lawfully married wife or husband.

Moreover, THOU SHALT NOT TAKE THE NAME OF THE LORD THY GOD IN VAIN, that is, it is gravely immoral to invoke the Name of God in the pursuit of anything which is immoral, even lightly.

And all moral acts posited to conduct, support, assent or consent to, urge or approve or excuse any violation of moral principles are also gravely immoral, since they rebel against the Divine Authority which alone has the right to establish what is right and wrong.

HISTORIC FACTS

Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, declared a “special military operation” against Ukraine on Feb. 22, 2022 A. D.. Thus he is the cause of the war, and thus there is absolutely no moral responsibility on any other party. The Russian Federation government and armed forces sinned gravely by obeying this unjust command.  Any Russian Federation Forces outside or inside of Ukraine launching attacks on Ukraine are morally responsible for gravely violating the commandments of God.  They are further responsible for acts of theft and sexual abuse which they commit during and after the prosecution of acts of aggression against Ukrainian Armed forces, regardless of the citizenship of the victims.

Ukraine is an independent sovereign nation, which has never undertaken an act of military aggression against the Russian Federation, prior to the Russian Federation invasion of Ukraine in 2014, beginning in the Donbas.  The Russian Federation has illegally contrary to all morality and international law conducted, supported, financed acts of military aggression in Ukrainian territory against Ukrainian residents for 8 years, resulting in the deaths of thousands of civilian non combatants and Ukrainian armed force personnel.

The invasion of Feb. 24, 2022 A. D., therefore is an unjust act of aggression.

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Therefore, since it is a contradiction of the Catholic Faith to accept the moral principles revealed by God and yet consent and approve of actions which are morally reprehensible, a practicing Catholic cannot and does not approve of or excuse the actions of Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation government or Armed Forces.

CONCLUSION

Inasmuch as it is impossible for a practicing Catholic to claim to practice but yet fail to live according to the moral principles revealed by God, in all his actions and assertion, it is impossible that a Catholic be truly be said to be “practicing” when he or she privately in their minds, or publicly on their lips before howsoever many or few persons, consent or assent to, or make excuses for, what the Russian Federation is doing against Ukraine.

Therefore, just as it is impossible for a practicing Catholic to approve of abortion, so it is impossible for a practicing Catholic to approve of the Russian Aggression against Ukraine.

On this basis, the Holy Father could justly impose a personal interdict upon all such Catholics inside or outside of Russia. — Interdict is the denial of the Sacraments to the impenitent for a public sin.

Hence, I encourage pastors everywhere, when detecting any of the faithful to be publicly causing scandal by their support of or defense of the Russian Federation aggression, to remonstrate with them, and if after 3 reprovals in the presence of witnesses threaten them with a denial of the Sacraments, just as they should do with all who publicly support abortion or any other such grave sin.

7 thoughts on “Why it is contrary to the Faith to support the Russian Federation’s Act of Aggression against Ukraine”

  1. It is contrary to the faith to support the WEF and its members,
    of whom multi-billionaire zelensky and, among others, maxima zorreguieta, catholic in name only, mathilde van saksen-coburg,
    rania of jordan.

    Supporting devils is anti-God.

    This will probably be censored……… That too is in violation of our God-given free will.

    1. The right of self defense is a natural right which arises from the order God our Creator has instilled in nature. Therefore, the defense of the innocent does not presuppose political ideology nor require it, governments or politics. But since you think so, then are are clearly a Marxist ideologue which believes that ideology gives a person his rights when it is politically correct and deprives him of his rights when it is not, even if those rights arise from the natural order. That is why M. you are banned on this site, because you are an enemy of God and humanity.

  2. “Ukraine is an independent sovereign nation, which has never undertaken an act of military aggression against the Russian Federation, prior to the Russian Federation invasion of Ukraine in 2014, beginning in the Donbas. The Russian Federation has illegally contrary to all morality and international law conducted, supported, financed acts of military aggression in Ukrainian territory against Ukrainian residents for 8 years, resulting in the deaths of thousands of civilian non combatants and Ukrainian armed force personnel.”

    Dear Br. Alexis, I would like to ask if you have found any details as to how and why this terrible war began in 2014. What were the events leading up to the outbreak of hostilities 8 years ago? Why did Russia begin its evil activities of military aggression in Ukraine back in 2014? What was actually going on 8 years ago? I am asking these questions because I consider you to be a truth-seeker, trying to do the Will of God, which includes the recognition of reality and discernment of historical facts from various forms of propaganda narratives and more or less biased news sources we’ve been exposed to for almost a decade now.
    It would be good for all of us to know the truth in greater detail, to have a clearer historical timeline of events and facts. And this requires an honest investigator such as you.
    May God bless and protect you and your work and use it for His Greater Glory.

    1. You are confusing the materual order for thevfirmal order.

      Take for example the case where a man assaults his neighbor violently with the intent ti commmit murder. And neighbors hesr of this intervene and get the police to arrest the assailant. The crime of attempted homicide is not lessend or excused on the grounds that 33 years ago there was a divorce among the parties or that during the last 8 years the assailant began to commit home invasions larcenies and assailts.

  3. Dear Brother Bugnolo, let me ask you one last question. I hope you don’t censor it and give me a public answer. If on August 20, 1939, Poland carried out a de-Nazification action in Germany, would you finance mercenaries fighting on Hitler’s side?

    1. Your question poses a hypothetical contrary to fact. Not only contrary to the fact that Poland never undertook aggression against Germany, but also that Poland a Catholic nation would ever do such a thing. So since it is posited in a realm which does not exist and which insults the Polish people whom I dearly love, I do not have to answer it, because I do not exist in such a realm. — But that someone with a Polish email handle imply such a thing is shameful. — Your question also presupposes that Germany in 1939 was as immoral as we know now the German State became after the crimes of unjust agression against nearly every nation in Europe and the planned extermination of minorities and dissidents. So since you seem to imply that no nation has the right to defend if its political ideology disagrees with you, or if in the future it will commit crimes, I do not have to respond also to your suppositions which are contrary to the moral law and right reason.

      But let’s take a historical example. The CCP controlled China attacked the Viet Kong controlled Vietnam in 1979. Vietnam defended itself. This war, which lasted 3 weeks and 6 says:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sino-Vietnamese_War

      Was between two Communist powers. Now hypothetically if I was a Chinese who opposed the CCP and Vietnam would like me fight with them, I could morally participate in the war to defend Vietnam, because, as I said, the right to self defense arises from the natural order, which all men have and enjoy, regardless of their political ideology.

      I think you should answer your question in a concrete way: go down to your local police station and ask a policeman if they have the duty to defend from violent aggression even known criminals who are being attacked by other criminals.

      You see, I come from a military family and am a true supporter of the profession of armed security, like the police, so I may have an ethical approach which is unfamiliar to yourself, who have sucked up, perhaps unwittingly, the principles of marxist dialectic.

      I will remind you, that as far as political organizations go, National Socialism which is repugnant to me, was not as bad as Marxism, because it distorts a just order, whereas Marxism denies the entire moral order of justice.

      I find it laughable, that so many who claim the name of Catholic have fallen so far under the influence of modern propaganda as to think that the only political sin is Nazism. Just shows you how the errors of Russia have infiltrated the Church.

      I recommend, therefore, going to confession, returning to the moral law, accepting Christ alone as your King, and practicing the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which is the remedy for all such errors.

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