Saturday 7 December 2019

Crimes must be met with justice

FATHER McGillicuddy (Letters, March 18) seems quite unaware that the same people who make mistakes should also try to make amends (if that is an adequate word).

Furthermore, a consideration of the story where Jesus says 'let he who is without sin cast the first stone' reveals an interesting question: the woman was caught in the act of adultery, yet the man whom she was with was never brought for the same punishment. Why?

Could it be that the religious, self-righteous prigs picked a poor woman whom nobody would care about to punish, whilst the man walked away?

Who else in that crowd was guilty of committing adultery in their heart, as Jesus offered as a definition for lust?

The scenario here was completely unjust; we had adulterers wanting to stone an adulterer so that they would look righteous!

The survivors of clerical abuse are not seeking a self-righteous display: they are bravely, and with great dignity, seeking justice.

According to the gospel of Christ, to which Fr McGillicuddy refers, it is necessary to believe that Christ died so that sinners may obtain mercy and forgiveness.

I am a sinner, and I have obtained forgiveness for my sins through my faith alone in Jesus Christ's death on the cross.

I cannot look down on anyone else's -- I have enough trouble keeping my own in check.

However, it would be a complete perversion of the gospel to even suggest that our crimes toward others should not be met with justice.

John Brogan
Navan, Co Meath

Irish Independent

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