George Weigel; same-sex marriage; ‘House’ priests


George Weigel’s argument in his America essay “The Just War Case for the War” (March 31, 2003), on the occasion of the invasion of Iraq, rested principally on a contorted definition of aggression as a cumulative record of odious behavior, which he used to prove that aggression by Iraq was in fact underway in March 2003. The problem with this type of rhetoric was identified by G. E. M. Anscombe many years earlier: “Men can be moved to fight by being made to hate the deeds of their enemies; but a war is not made just by the fact that one’s enemies’ deeds are hateful.”

Because I have learned from that and other of Weigel’s writings to read him very skeptically, I was gratified to see Peter Steinfels’s masterful critique of Weigel’s essay “The End of the Bernardin Era” (“Fabricating Bernardin,” May 20). Thank you for setting the record straight, both on the cardinal’s legacy and on Weigel’s highly polemicized characterization of it.

Roger Bergman
Omaha, Neb.


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