‘crime’ Category Archives

19
Dec

MARRIAGE LAW AND CUSTOMS: will we ever get them right? why not?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Ethics, Family, Lifestyle

While Australia has been softening its laws about sexual behaviour — white-anting traditional marriage — something different is going on not far away.
On December 12, Indonesia’s Constitutional Court went within one vote (5 votes to 4) of criminalising all sex outside of heterosexual marriage.
In some Indonesian localities, police already raid parties and clubs where such practices occur. There are reports of offenders being publicly flogged.
To many of us Australians, such a response to deviant behavior might seem unacceptably harsh.
Of course, to the nationals of many countries, Australia’s “liberal” trends must seem unacceptably slack and amoral.
Will the human race ever unite in an understanding of natural moral law acceptable to all — able to bring all together as truly loving brothers and sisters?

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15
Dec

ROYAL COMMISSION INTO CHILD ABUSE: did it do any good?

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, crime, Family, Modern Church, Recent Developments, Youth

Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sex Abuse is over.
Commissioner Justice Peter McClellan has made his speech about how “the nation thanks the survivors”.
The Royal Commission received allegations from over 4000 people regarding abuse by Catholic Church workers.
Which is shameful.
Does the Commission, however, distort the context?
Their eagerness to discredit the Catholic Church seems almost to outweigh any interest in reducing overall child abuse in Australia.
Were thecommissioners unaware of just how common abuse is in the general community?
GP doctors encounter its effects, day in, day out, week in, week out….
It’s everywhere.
Most victims, of course, have never even met a priest.
Who they have met is their mother’s latest boyfriend, their uncle, their big brother, their sport coach etc.
Yes, the Church has done badly.
The rest of society, has done – and is doing – worse.
Pretending it’s mainly a Church problem is dishonest and helps nobody.

21
Jul

“ASSISTED DYING” TO BE LEGAL IN VICTORIA? thinking about the un-thinkable.

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Beauty, Celebrities, crime, Death, Ethics, Prayer

The Victorian government plans legalising “assisted dying” for the terminally ill who request it.
They call the new laws “conservative” because they include 68 “safeguards” to prevent abuses.
Such arguments have emotional appeal but are not based on reason.
The traditional Christian teaching should be our guide:
“An act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator….
“Discontinuing medical procedures that are burdensome, dangerous, extraordinary, or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate; it is the refusal of “over-zealous” treatment. Here one does not will to cause death; one’s inability to impede it is merely accepted….
“The use of painkillers to alleviate the sufferings of the dying, even at the risk of shortening their days, can be morally in conformity with human dignity if death is not willed as either an end or a means, but only foreseen and tolerated as inevitable….”
(Catholic Catechism, paragraphs 2277-2279)
Caring for the dying and disabled can be expensive in terms of money, time, love and compassion.
Do we care enough to make the effort – refusing to resort to intentional killing?

18
Jul

MEDICALLY SUPERVISED INJECTION ROOMS: a spectre that still stalks.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Ethics, Health

The mother of a man dead in the street from drug-overdose has condemned the Victorian government for not providing “medically-supervised injecting rooms”.
While trying to sympathise with the lady’s grief, let’s keep clearly in mind why she is wrong.
For injecting rooms to function, the police must turn a blind eye to illegal-drug dealing.
Which means abandoning the rule of law — a big decision and an irresponsible one.
If we don’t arrest and punish drug-dealers, they’ll continue enriching themselves at the expense of others’ self-destruction.
We must aim at nothing less than getting users completely clean and staying that way — otherwise we let them down.

30
Jun

CARDINAL GEORGE PELL: hoping to get a fair trial….

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Justice, Modern Church

Is Cardinal George Pell guilty of past child-abuse?
I find it hard to believe.
Will he get a fair trial?
That’s hard to believe, too.
We’re unlikely to ever know the facts — how can you prove something didn’t happen 40 years ago?
Meanwhile, today, child abuse never stops — nearly all in domestic situations remote from any church or priest — boyfriends of single mums interfering with her children etc.
Pity such children.

25
May

MANCHESTER MASSACRE: are we failing to see an elephant-like something?

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, crime, Death, Entertainment, Family

Everybody’s talking about the Manchester bomb-blast.
How it’s wrong to kill innocent people.
OK, it’s wrong to kill.
Isn’t it also wrong to ignore Ariana Grande’s non-innocent promiscuous-sex image?
Isn’t it negligence parents letting their offspring attend such exhibitions?
Isn’t a parent’s job helping children grow up – hopefully into God-fearing and rational human beings?