Editor’s Note: It is likely just a coincidence that this month’s theme for the Holy Father’s video on the integrity of justice is released as shocking news comes from Brazil on the role of a much respected judge, Sergio Moro, whose very integrity is now being questioned and which has thrown Brazil into political and constitutional turmoil.
In an article published on June 12, 2019 by Democracy Now, ‘secret files show how Brazil’s elites jailed former President Lula and cleared the way for President Bolsanaro’. The shocking story can be accessed by clicking here.
The Pope Video this month highlights that the people in charge of imparting justice have a great responsibility. Their task is not an easy one, and it has consequences that directly affect people’s lives. Consequently, they must maintain their independence and impartiality. This will help ensure that justice always has the last word.
“The decisions made by judges influence the rights and property of citizens. Their independence should keep them safe from favoritism and from pressures that could contaminate the decisions they have to make. Judges must follow the example of Jesus, who never negotiates the truth.
Let us pray that those who administer justice may work with integrity, and that the injustice which prevails in the world may not have the last word.”
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