He has cut himself off from everyone and furthermore shrinks from any type of human conduct. His little cupboard of a room, his debts, and his crushing poverty depress him to the point of rendering him incapable of attending classes or tutoring his own students. He also realizes that his thoughts are confused, partly because he had eaten practically nothing for two days. Even though he was a strikingly handsome young man, he dresses so wretchedly in rags that no one would notice his secretive behavior.
Introduction As Catholic bishops, our response to crime in the United States is a moral test for our nation and a challenge for our Church. Although the FBI reports that the crime rate is falling, crime and fear of crime still touch many lives and polarize many communities.
Putting more people in prison and, sadly, more people to death has not given Americans the security we seek. It is time for a new national dialogue on crime and corrections, justice and mercy, responsibility and treatment. As Catholics, we need to ask the following: How can we restore our respect for law and life?
How can we protect and rebuild communities, confront crime without vengeance, and defend life without taking life? These questions challenge us as pastors and as teachers of the Gospel.
Our tasks are to restore a sense of civility and responsibility to everyday life, and promote crime prevention and genuine rehabilitation. The common good is undermined by criminal behavior that threatens the lives and dignity of others and by policies that seem to give up on those who have broken the law offering too little treatment and too few alternatives to either years in prison or the execution of those who have been convicted of terrible crimes.
New approaches must move beyond the slogans of the moment such as "three strikes and you're out" and the excuses of the past such as "criminals are simply trapped by their background". A Catholic approach begins with the recognition that the dignity of the human person applies to both victim and offender.
As bishops, we believe that the current trend of more prisons and more executions, with too little education and drug treatment, does not truly reflect Christian values and will not really leave our communities safer.
We are convinced that our tradition and our faith offer better alternatives that can hold offenders accountable and challenge them to change their lives; reach out to victims and reject vengeance; restore a sense of community and resist the violence that has engulfed so much of our culture.
Crime and the Catholic Community Many of our parishes dramatically reflect the human and other costs of so much crime. The church doors are locked; the microphones hidden. Parishes spend more on bars for their windows than on flowers for their altars. More tragically, they bury young people caught in gang violence, the drug trade, or the hopelessness that leads children to take their own lives.
These parishes reach out to prisoners and their families, offering help and hope to those caught up in crime and the criminal justice system.
They also struggle to respond to the needs of crime victims: As bishops, teachers, and pastors, we seek to offer a perspective inspired by our Catholic tradition to the national discussion on crime.
For us, crime and the destruction it brings raise fundamental questions about the nature of personal responsibility, community, sin, and redemption. A distinctively Catholic approach to these questions can offer society another way to understand and respond to crime, its victims, and its perpetrators.
We approach this topic, however, with caution and modesty. The causes of crime are complex. The ways to overcome violence are not simple.
The chances of being misunderstood are many.
In developing these reflections, we have consulted with Catholics who are involved in every aspect of the criminal justice system: In our parishes, schools, and Catholic Charities agencies, Catholics see firsthand the crushing poverty and the breakdown of family life that often lead to crime and at the same time care for prisoners, victims, and their families.
All of their experience and wisdom has been helpful to us.
As bishops, we offer a word of thanks and support to those who devote their lives and talents to the tasks of protection and restoration: We call on others to join them in a new commitment to prevent crime and to rebuild lives and communities.
As ordained ministers committed to service, deacons should be especially drawn to the challenge of Matthew A comprehensive, coeducational Catholic High school Diocese of Wollongong - Albion Park Act Justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God Micah Chapter One: Crime and Punishment in Ancient Rome In this chapter you are going to revise three Key Questions: • What sort of crimes were committed in Rome and why?
Glossary of the Occult - definitions.
Templars Knights Templar. A religious, military and banking order (Knights of the Temple of Solomon) founded by Crusaders in Jerusalem to defend the Holy Sepulchure and Christian pilgrims; a kind of Foreign Legion.
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