My sister is a politician in a third world country. I recently learned that she has been horrible at her job, has stolen money from the government, takes kickbacks and steals even from her own employees. She demoted her chief of staff just so she could put her husband in that position. Some of the other staff resigned, and one filed a case against her with the ombudsman.
The justice system in this country is a joke and judges can easily be bribed. Corruption like hers is actually quite rampant. Morally, one would say the right thing to do is to wait for justice to play itself out, but in a country like this, justice may never be served.
I may be in a position to fight against her. However, my conscience does not wholly agree with it. For one thing, she has been good to me personally. For another, I must admit, I resent her husband and if I work to get her and her husband (who is also guilty) charged and thrown out of office, my heart may not be in the right place. A part of me would be doing it out of resentment to her husband who has done things against me.
It’s like that scene in The Shoes of the Fisherman. Cardinal Leone said he did the right thing by giving a judgement against the heterodoxy of Father Telemond, but he didn’t do it for the right motives.
I also learnt that if I let myself make one moral slip, the devil will continue to tempt me to keep making the same moral slip, and I’d be doing the wrong thing on a bigger and bigger scale. If I act out of resentment against my sister’s husband now, eventually the temptation to see myself as some kind of bringer of Justice to people I don’t like could take over. I’d be just as wrong as them, and perhaps even worse. I cannot assume that my actions are right. My sister certainly believes everything she’s doing is correct, and I should look at her as an example of what not to be.
My conscience tells me to wait for God to do Justice. Yet I think of John Paul II and Pius XII. They actively fought against the Nazis and the Communists. They actively plotted against evil. Sure they prayed for the right thing to happen, but they did their part to make things right too.
What’s the right thing to do?
(I know some of you will probably suggest I speak with a priest. Yes I intend to do that too. But I’d like to hear your other opinions too.)