I was wondering about to what extent of a right a Catholic has to press charges on another person whose done them wrong? Does pressing charges on a person go against Jesus’s teachings, especially the line, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us?” For example, if a Catholic was robbed, would fair restitution be making the thief return stolen items, if he was sorry? Or would putting him in Jail for 5 years be a “Just” sentence in the eyes of God?
What about the case of a young man who drunkenly assaulted a woman by inappropriate touching? Is God okay with that woman putting him in jail for years? Even if he was repentant? What if the man was a practicing Catholic and just made a simple mistake due to lack of reason? Would it be just to ruin his life?
Just some examples to think over. I guess its really a debate of God’s Justice vs. Man’s Justice. What right does a Catholic have to ruin somebody’s life, especially if the defendant is not a danger to society?