Old habits die hard? Even now there is resistance to the novel teachings of lawful resistance, regicide and other acts against an illegitimate temporal power. I don't expect the Church to ever denounce the modern nation-state as being illegitimate in itself, much less sanction violent means to secure and protect the common good of a community from usurpers.
Over at the Orthosphere: Democracy, authority, and the moral order.
How does the temporal order enact divine justice? How does God's mercy harmonize with His justice? Over the weekend I glanced briefly at an Orthodox writer's discussion of the two. While justice cannot be sufficient, as there must be charity which motivates and directs, is "human" justice a concession to a fallen world? Or is there something more "postive" to its being necessary?
Asserting Political Authority in a Sacred Landscape: A Comparison of Umayyad and Israeli Jerusalem