Seems to me he was very clear in stating the passage quoted offered a more eloquent version of his own personal beliefs and not what seems to bother you so. I am not a big fan of many things of the Catholic faith, but I have to say the statement offered is very compelling. There is a difference between "killing" and "murder." Contextual language of the 10 Commandments actually translate to "thou shalt not murder" and not "kill." Do you disagree with the passage offered simply because it is a tenent of the Catholic faith? Or do you have a more reasoned difference in believe and definition? In reading some of your subsequent responses you offered. And am confused with your reasoning. Causing the death of others for personal or wanton reasons can never be a good thing. Taking action that results in the loss of life of another human, to be moral, has to be in the advancement of a greater SOCIETAL good. As the Catholic quotation states, the "tranquility of order" sometimes can only be achieved through armed actions (both offensive and defensive in nature). Taking the life of an armed combatant in the field of war, taking the life of an intruder into your home, taking the life of someone randomly firing a weapon in a school, enacting capital punishment on a convicted person who took the life of another for personal reasons are all justified in the effort to achieve or preserve "tranquility of order." Can you please explain how the act of taking the life of an innocent unborn advances the concept of "tranquility of order?"