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St. Irenaeus of Lyons (130-202)
Irenaeus was a disciple of St. Polycarp, who was a disciple of St. John the Apostle. After becoming a priest, he was sent on a mission to Rome, and then to Lyons, France, where he was made a bishop. He was a staunch opponent of Gnosticism.

Reflections from the Saints

For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God.
– St. Irenaeus of Lyons
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2309

The strict conditions for legitimate defense by military force require rigorous consideration. The gravity of such a decision makes it subject to rigorous conditions of moral legitimacy. At one and the same time: the damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave, and certain; all other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective; there must be serious prospects of success; the use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated. The power of modem means of destruction weighs very heavily in evaluating this condition. The evaluation of these conditions for moral legitimacy belongs to the prudential judgment of those who have responsibility for the common good.