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KoedKevin t1_jcra575 wrote

They were trained to do this to protect navy ships from air attack. There’s a story about a navy chaplain that was a Catholic priest complaining that it was a form of suicide and therefor a mortal sin. An aviator told the chaplain that they would do their best to get out of the plane as it went down so it wasn’t suicidal.


TheNotSoGreatPumpkin t1_jcuewyt wrote

Imagine clergy splitting hairs over what is and is not likely to be judged suicidal by God while you’re trying to win the world’s deadliest war.

I mean, just STFU, respectfully.


obscureferences t1_jcvaada wrote

Morale is critical in war. He needs to ask these kinda questions to do his job.


TheNotSoGreatPumpkin t1_jcvgbyc wrote

It’s understood, though I’m not sure morale is helped by being told you might be damned for eternity if your actions are too valorous.


obscureferences t1_jcvhr87 wrote

It's knowing that someone in the strategic process is sanctioning the morality of your actions specifically so you don't fear damnation.