Western Christianity

Call For a Church Apology Vis À Vis Crime and Punishment

Under recently changed Canadian law that removed "Pardon" from legal vocabulary, such a proposed "church apology" would keep the Western church perpetually guilty! Ironically, the Prime Minister and recent Minister of Public Safety who brought in this legislative change were church members themselves!... Hoisted on their own petard perhaps?... An excerpt: It is proposed that Western Churches issue an apology to all parties to crime for the past millennium of inappropriate response to crime promulgated…

Creating New Hearts: Moving From Retributive to Restorative Justice

New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference: A Pastoral Letter to the Catholic People of New Zealand Wednesday August 30, 1995 - Wellington. Signed, The New Zealand Catholic Bishops This call was powerful and prophetic. An excerpt: Restoration was the primary focus of biblical justice systems. Despite the widely popular misuse of the concept of lex talionis, the law of proportionality, as expressed in the notion 'an eye for an eye,' biblical tradition has a restorative focus.…

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