“Even our own Church teaches that religious authorities do not have the last word in applying the principles of the Just War Theory.

“Even our own Church teaches that religious authorities do not have the last word in applying the principles of the Just War Theory. Public authorities have that right and duty — unless by “the last word” you mean the right to vote those authorities out of office if we do not accede to their judgment. In that case, “the last word” belongs equally to all of us.”