As stated by St. John
Damascene, Doctor of the Church...
"A judge justly
punishes one who is guilty of wrongdoing; and if he does not punish him he is
himself a wrongdoer. In punishing him the judge is not the cause either of the
wrongdoing or of the vengeance taken against the wrongdoer, the cause being the
wrongdoer's freely chosen actions."
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"Do not plot to
repeat a sin; not even for one will you go unpunished." (Sirach 7:8)
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