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65. Mutilation

1. The maiming of the body is altogether unlawful andopposed to justice unless it be by way of necessary surgerycompetently performed, or by way of punishment for crime, underpublic authority. It seems clear that public authority may inflictmutilation of members as a penalty for heinous crime; the sameauthority may lawfully take a criminal's life, and mutilationis a much less terrible punishment than death.

2. It is not contrary to justice for parents to punishtheir children corporally by way of needful correction. But noperson may justly strike or punish another corporally unless he hasjurisdiction over him.

3. Competent public authority may lawfully detain orimprison a person by way of punishment, or even as a precautionagainst impending evil, provided this be done according to theorder of justice. On occasion, it is permissible for an individualto restrain a person temporarily, as, for example, to prevent hisjumping to death from a high place, or to hold him back from doingviolent injury to someone unable to defend himself.

4. An unjust act of injuring another in his body (bymaiming, striking, fettering, restraining) is made worse if theperson injured is one to whom the offender owes a special reverenceor respect, or with whom he is connected by some relationship.

"What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"Obedience is the true holocaust which we sacrifice to God on the altar of our hearts."
St Philip Neri

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"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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