Proportionality[ edit ] Proportionality requires that the level of punishment be related to the severity of the offending behaviour.
Restorative Justice Tuesday, June 12, Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM Restorative Justice Tuesday, June 12, Almost all religion and cultures that I know of have believed in one way or another that sin and evil are to be punished and that retribution is to be demanded of the sinner in this world—and usually the next world, too.
Jesus, many mystics, and other wisdom traditions—such as the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous—show that sin and failure are, in fact, an opportunity for the transformation and enlightenment of the offender.
Mere counting and ledger-keeping is not the way of the Gospel. Our best self wants to restore relationships, and not just blame or punish.
What humanity really needs is an honest exposure of the truth and accountability for what has happened. Only then can human beings move ahead with dignity.
Hurt needs to be spoken and heard. It does not just go away on its own. We lose that and we lose the Gospel itself.
The aim of restorative justice is to return the person to a useful position in the community. Thus, there can be healing on both sides. How can we deny that there is an evolution of consciousness, even consciousness of where the Gospel is leading us?
As any good therapist will tell you, you cannot heal what you do not acknowledge. What you do not consciously acknowledge will remain in control from within, festering and destroying you and those around you.
Otherwise, we are controlled by the past, individually and corporately. We all need to apologize, and we all need to forgive or this human project will surely self-destruct. Otherwise, history devolves into taking sides, bitterness, holding grudges, and the violence that inevitably follows."The Hope of Eternal Life" (November 1, ) from the Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue in the United States.
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(December ) (Learn how and when to remove this template message). Almost all religion and cultures that I know of have believed in one way or another that sin and evil are to be punished and that retribution is to be demanded of the sinner in this world—and usually the next world, too.
Such retributive justice is a dualistic system of reward and punishment. This lesson will define distributive justice and explore aspects of it such as its theoretical practice and import principles.
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Western Theories of Justice. Justice is one of the most important moral and political concepts. The word comes from the Latin jus, meaning right or law. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the “just” person as one who typically “does what is morally right” and is disposed to “giving everyone his or her due,” offering the word “fair” as a synonym.
Appendix Suggestions for Action. The Catholic community has a tremendous history and capacity to help shape the issues of crime and criminal justice in the United States.