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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.

"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"Men should often renew their good resolutions, and not lose heart because they are tempted against them."
St Philip Neri

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"The name of Jesus, pronounced with reverence and affection, has a kind of power to soften the heart. "
St Philip Neri

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