John Lilburne's journal about law from today's bible readings, newspaper and what Cardinal George has written this week.
1056 L Wed 6 Mar 2002
Today, both readings for Mass promote laws. The first reading, from Deuteronomy 4:1.5-9, begins:
The Gospel reading is Matthew 5:17-19:
The Catechism of the Catholic Church quotes this passage in its teaching about Jesus and the Law, in CCC 577. It explains "The perfect fulfillment of the Law could be the work of none but the divine legislator, born subject to the Law in the person of the Son." (CCC 580).
Often in society there is fairly widespread contempt for laws. Today in The Australian, on page 2, Duncan Macfarlane reports on a new tax method being proposed:
Using some web sites requires the entering a contract. Buy some software and "by opening this package you are agreeing to ..." a heap of fine print. I doubt this does much to promote esteem for civil laws.
Why is it so? I guess people have been writing about it for a long time, such as Aristotle in Politics. Ongoing power struggles, competition between states, the law of the jungle, etc.
I thought Cardinal George expressed things well in his column of 3 March 2002:
There are enormous challenges in encouraging people to "obey the laws of the Church". But it should be done.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 6 March 2002.
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