.- Archbishop Domingo Castagna of Corrientes, Argentina, said this week that while itâs true that the âadministration of human justice should not prioritize mercy, but the law,â it should not exclude mercy from the spirit with which justice is applied.
In a statement entitled, âJustice should not be at the service of vengeance or reprisals,â the archbishop pointed out that before the coming of Jesus Christ, man, âfrom his distressing pessimism,â saw God the Father as someone who applied justice without mercy and who expressed himself through anger and vengeance and âthrough the immediate execution of punishment.â
However, he went on, Christ shows us âa Father who is deeply good,â with mercy that is beyond human measure, as âkindness and tenderness overflow from his Being.â âFrom the beautiful parable of the prodigal sonâor of the forgiving Fatherâto the scenes of the adulterous woman and Mary the sinner, there is a surprising manifestation of the true God. God is love; He is mercy, condescendence and justice. He is closeness and truthâ¦He is Father,â the archbishop said.
In this sense, he explained, âIt is true that the administration of human justice should not prioritize mercy, but rather the law. But it should not exclude it from the spirit with which the law is applied. In this way, any outbreak of vengeance in the administration of justice is prevented,â he said.
Archbishop Castagna warned that hatred, impunity, âor the insistence in declaring oneself exempt from all guilt and responsibilityâ do not bring peace. âJustice is at the service of the truth and the recovery of the social balance that was lost, and not vengeance and reprisals.â The exercising of justice requires âa peaceful heart and a mind capable of examining each cause with impartiality and balance,â as well as âthe strength to reject any type of ideological or political pressure.â