The worst thing about Archbishop Martino’s comments on the current impossibility of just war is the secular utopianism they suggest. They imply that the most fundamental issues of social life are now securely under man’s control. To the contrary, though, the reason we need God is that basic things are not under our control.
Secular utopianism is everywhere today. Support for the European Union is another instance of cooperation with the belief that a human world can be built to man’s desire and under man’s sole control. The EU has no need of God and in fact wants to get rid of Him because He is not part of their system and is therefore disruptive. So why think it’s a good thing that will turn out well?
There is also of course the problem of tyranny and indeed totalitarianism implicit in the attempt to create a fully human world. If the social world is made by man it is determined in all its details not by man in general but by particular men who as worldmakers acquire a sort of divine status. It is only insistence on the transcendental aspects of religion that can liberate us from the gods of this world. We need it now more than ever.