The legitimate defense of persons and societies is not an exception to the prohibition against the murder of the innocent that constitutes intentional killing. 'The act of self-defense can have a double effect: the preservation of one's own life; and the killing of the aggressor. . . . The one is intended, the other is not.' (quoting St. Thomas Aquinas, STh II-II, 64, 7, corp. art.)
-- CCC 2263
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