Fratelli Tutti 266: Vindictive

266. Fear and resentment can easily lead to viewing punishment in a vindictive and even cruel way, rather than as part of a process of healing and reintegration into society.

Giving in to negative emotions is so much a part of modern society. We’ve seen it surface significantly in the last few years in the US. And continuing here, the fabrication of enemies. Sometimes inventing them out of thin air.

Nowadays, “in some political sectors and certain media, public and private violence and revenge are incited, not only against those responsible for committing crimes, but also against those suspected, whether proven or not, of breaking the law… There is at times a tendency to deliberately fabricate enemies: stereotyped figures who represent all the characteristics that society perceives or interprets as threatening. The mechanisms that form these images are the same that allowed the spread of racist ideas in their time”. [Address to Delegates of the International Association of Penal Law(23 October 2014): AAS 106 (2014), 840-841]

Don’t think there aren’t people ready in the US to do this:

This has made all the more dangerous the growing practice in some countries of resorting to preventive custody, imprisonment without trial and especially the death penalty.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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