Is it permissible to kill to protect yourself or your neighbor?

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QUESTION: Is it true that killing is permissible to protect yourself or your neighbor?

ANSWER: Murder can never be permissible. There is a right to self-defense, but this does not mean that killing is permissible. Killing a person is unacceptable in any case, even for the most noble goals: no goal can justify killing. The principle “the end justifies the means” is contrary to Christian morality.

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