Paragraph 2298

2298. In times past, cruel practices were commonly used by legitimate governments to maintain law and order, often without protest from the Pastors of the Church, who themselves adopted in their own tribunals the prescriptions of Roman law concerning torture. Regrettable as these facts are, the Church always taught the duty of clemency and mercy. She forbade clerics to shed blood. In recent times it has become evident that these cruel practices were neither necessary for public order, nor in conformity with the legitimate rights of the human person. On the contrary, these practices led to ones even more degrading. It is necessary to work for their abolition. We must pray for the victims and their tormentors.


Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

562. How is Christian prayer Marian?

401. In what does the social dimension of man consist?

534. What is prayer?

99. In what sense is Mary “ever Virgin”?

84. What is the meaning of the title “Lord”?

530. What are the other requirements for purity?

553. What are the different forms of the prayer of petition?


Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

What is the role of women in society, according to Ecclesiasticus 26:1-4?

What does God’s sovereignty mean in Isaiah, and how does it ensure safety and protection for his people?

What is the example of Sodom and Gomorrah and what are the consequences of immorality and perversion according to the Bible?

The Holiness of God’s People: How does the law of holiness in the book of Numbers teach us to pursue holiness in our lives and in our community of faith? (Numbers 19)

What is the New Earth mentioned in Revelation 21:1 and what is its importance in the Christian faith?

What does Jesus’ statement “I am the resurrection and the life” in John 11:25-26 mean?

What is the story of the celebration of the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah) described in 2 Maccabees 10:39-45?