.- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera said in his homily on Sunday that the law of âan eye for an eye is not the wayâ to solve the problem of violence in the country, and called on Mexicans to embrace âforgiveness, mercy and reconciliationâ in order to confront the current complicated situation.
After learning of the discovery of 24 bodies outside Mexico City, the cardinal recalled that âbeyond vengeance lies forgiveness and compassion,â and that the law of an eye for an eye would not be a solution because âviolence begets more violence.â Instead, the cardinal proposed âforgiveness and mercyâ to help man overcome his âlegalistic and justice-onlyâ tendencies.
âSome propose killing those who kill others,â Cardinal Rivera said, noting that vengeance always âleads to more vengeance, and if anyone thinks that forgiving is a virtue of the weak, let him see which is more difficult: taking vengeance or forgiving.â
âAn insult, a calumny, an annoyance, physical harm, having oneâs material goods destroyed, is not resolved by doing the same to another,â he continued.
On the other hand, he clarified, âto forgive does not mean to accept evil or to stop fighting against injustice and impunity.â The baptized have an even greater commitment to the promotion of forgiveness and mercy, the cardinal stressed. âNot even justice, as important as it is, is enough to reestablish the social fabric. An evil is not redressed by doing the same to another. Beyond vengeance is forgiveness and compassion,â he reiterated.