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Explain Catholic beliefs about 'justice', 'forgiveness' and 'reconciliation'

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Explain Catholic beliefs about 'justice', 'forgiveness' and 'reconciliation'. Use bible Passages and Church teaching to support your answer Catholics believe that forgiveness is an aspect of love. When you forgive someone you don't hold the person's offence against you, nor do you seek revenge or treat them like a foe. Christians are asked not to do evil to their enemies, but to instead to them good, and to pray for them. Also to always have a forgiving attitude towards them and to always be prepared to be reconciled with them. ...read more.

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This emphasises that forgiveness is an aspect of love. The Catechism tells us that, 'Justice is the moral virtue that consists in the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbour.' This tells us that justice is a kind of fairness, its giving to others what is their right. Justice is a basic way of putting into to practise the command to 'love your neighbour as yourself'. You would not want your neighbour to steal your possessions, so you should not steal the possessions of your neighbour. ...read more.

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It's a well known fact that the resources in the world are unequally shared out. In many areas the rich are getting richer and the poor are becoming poorer. There are more than enough resources to go round the world, but 80% of the world's population have 20% of the recourses, and 20% of the world's population have 80% of the recourses. This is a serious injustice in the world today and its not getting a whole lot better for some LEDC's. Reconciliation is a restoration of friendship, and friendship is something mutual. I may be a friend to someone, but if he does not wish to be my friend, there is no relationship between us. ...read more.

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