Friday, January 4, 2013

Doris Donnelly: The Cleric Behind 'Les Mis' -


Doris Donnelly: The Cleric Behind 'Les Mis' -

Go see this movie! It was beautifully directed and performed.  This article highlights the true hero of the movie, a bishop who was pastoral and put the salvation of a soul ahead of all other concerns.  The movie portrays that perfect justice is that which greatly tempered with mercy.  Justice in the absence of mercy is revenge.  We must balance the need for good order also with the need for hope to those who have lost that hope.  Both are possible at all times, but demand the acts of will of all good people who are involved.  The movie emphasizes the principle exercise of subsidiarity demanded of everyone.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church as quoted here:

1883 Socialization also presents dangers. Excessive intervention by the state can threaten personal freedom and initiative. The teaching of the Church has elaborated the principle of subsidiarity, according to which "a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to co- ordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good."7


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