Justice recognizes “human dignity as sacred and inviolable” | National Catholic Registry

“May Blessed Rosario Livatino, the first beatified magistrate in the history of the Church, help and comfort you,” he told members of the Superior Council of the Judiciary.

Addressing a group of Italian judges, lawyers and politicians on Friday, Pope Francis said the administration of justice requires recognizing the sanctity of human dignity.

“Throughout history, there are different ways in which the administration of justice has established ‘what is due’: according to merit, according to need, according to ability, according to its usefulness,” said the Pope. mentioned in the Paul VI hall of the Vatican on April 8.

“For the biblical tradition, duty is to recognize human dignity as sacred and inviolable,” he observed.

Francis spoke to members of the Superior magistrate counselthe autonomous institution responsible for regulating the judicial system in Italy, as well as their families.

The pope spoke of the concept of justice as depicted in classical art: as a blindfolded woman holding a scale, “thus allegorically expressing the equality, the just proportion, the impartiality required in the ‘exercise of justice’.

“According to the Bible,” he added, “it is also necessary, in addition, to administer [justice] with mercy.

“But no political reform of justice can change the lives of those who administer it, if one does not first choose, before his conscience, ‘for whom’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ to do justice” , continued the pope. . “It’s a decision of conscience. This is what Saint Catherine of Siena taught when she said that to reform oneself, one must first reform oneself.

Pope Francis also cited the example of Blessed Rosario Livatinoa Catholic judge brutally murdered by the mafia in Sicily in 1990.

Quoting Livatino, Pope Francis said: “When we die, no one will come to ask us how believers, but how credible we were.”

“Livatino,” he noted, “was murdered at the age of 38, leaving us with the strength of his credible testimony, but also the clarity of an idea of ​​a justice system to fight against.”

“May Blessed Rosario Livatino, the first beatified magistrate in the history of the Church, help and comfort you.”

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