Wrath- the overdone, or undjust punishment of another- which apposes justice, is sin, but justice is ligitimate, if not required.
"2265 Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others. The defense of the common good requires that an unjust aggressor be rendered unable to cause harm. For this reason, those who legitimately hold authority also have the right to use arms to repel aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their responsibility. "
If you want you may skip the quotes taken from the CCC and go straight to my article!
The following are quoted directly from http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s1c2a3.htm
on 17 June 2007 (emboldment added, along with colour and highlighting)
"1931 Respect for the human person proceeds by way of respect for the principle that "everyone should look upon his neighbor (without any exception) as 'another self,' above all bearing in mind his life and the means necessary for living it with dignity."37 No legislation could by itself do away with the fears, prejudices, and attitudes of pride and selfishness which obstruct the establishment of truly fraternal societies. Such behavior will cease only through the charity that finds in every man a "neighbor," a brother.
1932 The duty of making oneself a neighbor to others and actively serving them becomes even more urgent when it involves the disadvantaged, in whatever area this may be. "As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me."38
1933 This same duty extends to those who think or act differently from us. The teaching of Christ goes so far as to require the forgiveness of offenses. He extends the commandment of love, which is that of the New Law, to all enemies.39 Liberation in the spirit of the Gospel is incompatible with hatred of one's enemy as a person, but not with hatred of the evil that he does as an enemy. "
In the past I have attended non-catholic churches. One which I loved the most, I found most unfitting and perhaps guilty, as were the Pharasees, of not focussing on the important things such as justice and mercy. Note what God sees as pure religion - protecting widows and orphans (The weak and powerless) in their destress. Often, people have been confronted squarely with some perverse form of the gospel- told that if they can tear and untearable card that God doesn't want them (The person I saw given one spent an afternoon trying, and I think they eventually cut it), or shared that scientists believe that the universe is six thousand years old, yet denied help or friendship from those who give them such. Scientists are largely apposed to such statements. Lies, which spread injustice do not aid the Gospel. Justice is rendering onto others according to their due, this is done with love and Godliness in mind. Just punishment is acceptable, yet obey the church and conscience in such. Community Justice can be wrong. Often, community trials and such, as we see in africa result in people being burnt to death, while innocent of crime. All must be in proportion, and under both God's law and the Law of the Land. Justice is one of the four cardinal verutes. It should be treated as God would have us do so.
Jesus said that he truned no one away- yet so many Christians do.
I have read accounts of christians who have allowed terrible things in the past.
When I personally had trouble- people spreading lies about me, literally refusing to speak to me, burning bibles, and bringing every slander about me for my faith (Yes, they were "Christains"), I was told not to be judgemental. When they placed my name on a website, as though I was apposing the Catholic church- a pastor at their church refused to get involved- saying that the bible demanded that I confront them first. I did confront them, and got a friend of theirs to remove my name. I was soon pressured to leave the church with doctrine I've never heard of because (as far as I can see), the main aggressor in such was one of that Church's authoritive figure's children. Also, they were not happy with me attending their youth along with the Catholic church, which I had decided to really become committed to, thanks to God using their injustice to my good and their eventual wrong for such.
I am glad that it was not a catholic church and hope none will ever support wrong over right. I certainly know of no one who would accept the gospel without mercy or love or friendship included. We are to love all without exception. It is only my love that prevents me mentioning which church I talk of. I am glad they did not value Justice, for the heresy they allowed to pass through their church, and the way they let people get away with doing wrong in the Name of God, caused me largely to study my own faith and lead me back to it. Be careful not to use excuses such as "do not Judge least you be Judged", certainly, rather descern than judge, judge the circumstance, and hate the evil deeds of the sinner while loving the sinner himself, but know that Justice is what is best.
Your own life or God's will
Based on "Do not Judge, least you be judged", many "Christians" refuse to judge at all, and refuse to act on behalf of others. These same people, who refuse to fight wars, because it involves a few deaths - creating tenfold the result for their cowardice, also defame God. I am not supporting wars here, but rather saying that where just war is fought (see doctrings on such), and where there are consistant evil or at least wrong systems, it is our duty to combat them in Godliness.
They say he's only love, denying that Love does not delight in evil (1 corrinthians 13), but rejoices in truth. They are prepared to have peace at the cost of what is right, because they can't be bothered to raise a finger to aid any other. They use Sola Fide (A lie) as an excuse, even committing murder in the Name of God, yet refusing to aid the needy.
The smallest, Godly justice is often enough. Often demanded by any form of "love" you or any may attempt to claim. It is not a matter of wrong judgement, but rather the virtue of Justice and the work of Love, yet what form must justice take? How must it be done, what is too much or too little? Surely, as we treat others, so we show Christ, we should not lie about him, yet we should not disobey Him either. There is no such thing as situational ethics, yet we must obey God in all. He always gives such a way. Think of what you'd want done if you were in such possitions. Think of what God would have you do. Do so with deliberation, love, and acting in faith. Both unjust social systems need combatting, as well as other wrongs. We are given authority (our ability) to use it. We must aid others if we can. We should try at least. I myself have often struggled with how to aid others. I am not perfect in this. It is my own struggle that aids me in writing this.
What is Just?
Obviously, the first line of justice is authority. If you can take up justice by the Law of you land, or your church, by ligitimate authority, then this is worthwhile. One can often institute change with the smallest effort, and shouldn't let wrong go untamed if they can help such. We should defend the defenseless, we should aid others. YEs, revenge is to God alone, but should we not punish wrong, simply to prevent it in future, or should we disband all our armies, and empty our prisons. Surely, such suggestions stink of injustice. Murderers belong in prison, and armed forces, if used rightly, insure the rights of others. Authority rightly bears the sword, as a "servant of God, combatting evil"
However, as the CCC also states
"2263 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."65 ", yet warns of Cain's murder of able, as shown in
2261 Scripture specifies the prohibition contained in the fifth commandment: "Do not slay the innocent and the righteous."61 The deliberate murder of an innocent person is gravely contrary to the dignity of the human being, to the golden rule, and to the holiness of the Creator. The law forbidding it is universally valid: it obliges each and everyone, always and everywhere.
2262 In the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord recalls the commandment, "You shall not kill,"62 and adds to it the proscription of anger, hatred, and vengeance. Going further, Christ asks his disciples to turn the other cheek, to love their enemies.63 He did not defend himself and told Peter to leave his sword in its sheath.64 "
The choice is yours - do what is right, or support what is evil. The bible says that it is wrong to give an evil man lodging- that you partake in his sin if you do, and that perfect religion is looking after Widows and orphans in their distress. Surely, by having false takes of mercy for aggressors, you deny mercy to those who are attacked. I personally was saved from leaving the Church because of the heresy I unwittingly read (and planned to deny my christianity because the authors were considered "Christian"), and the hatred I was shown pushed me back to God, showing that all in the end works for the Good of those who Love and Obey God, yet that church gained one who even today spreads lies and heresies to all they can access, and still treats me and others as less that human, in the place of me, who now serves a "better" master. Make your choice- serve right or wrong, but know that whoever you choose to serve, you are stuck with. Also, by acting in sin, you lose the grace you need to succeed. In the old testament, those who gave in to evil people for fear of being burnt, where burnt (Read the history of Samson in Judges, note the girlfriend), and those who gave in to evil men were considered like muddy wells, but the righteous never realized their fears, or if they did, realized that even so, their choice was better, and also, how much worse it would have been for them if they had not fortitude or perseveerance to continue serving Righteousness!
Interesting sites on issue
This article cannot claim to follow Catholic Docrine, as it is a personal devotional- due to the lack of time in adequately researching doctrines on such. Please take it with Church grown conscience in mind, and decide on your own on your course of action. It is simply me speaking on my own account, I pray I am in line with the church here.
We accept no liability for any statements here given. They must be recieved only with informed conscience, and church teaching in mind. Any differences from catholic doctrine are unintentional. If this article differs from Roman Catholic doctrine, the doctrine in question should be taken as more authoritive than this article.