In order for a war to be just, three things are necessary. First, the authority of the sovereign…. Secondly, a just cause…. Thirdly … a rightful intention.
Source: ST. THOMAS AQUINAS, Summa Theologica, part II–II, question 40, article 1, pp. 1359–60 (1947 edition). Written 1266–1273 A.D..
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