The late Archbishop of Manila (Philippines) Jaime Cardinal Sin said to the conferees at the 1986 Prison Fellowship International Conference:

Justice without mercy is tyranny, and mercy without justice is weakness.  Justice without love is pure socialism, and love without justice is baloney.

What do you think?  Spot on or full of baloney?  Why?

23 comments
  1. Shane:
    I can track along with the first half of the quote, it follows a kind of justice tempered by mercy theme, which is a common one that I can subscribe to as a Christian.

    The second half loses me, it is a sort of justice tempered by deli.

    I must be missing something.

  2. Shane:
    I can track along with the first half of the quote, it follows a kind of justice tempered by mercy theme, which is a common one that I can subscribe to as a Christian.

    The second half loses me, it is a sort of justice tempered by deli.

    I must be missing something.

  3. I agree with Andy…should have quit after the first sentence. I agree with that part, but the second part is a rather inaccurate definition and view of socialism, and I’m not sure why love requires justice.

  4. I agree with Andy…should have quit after the first sentence. I agree with that part, but the second part is a rather inaccurate definition and view of socialism, and I’m not sure why love requires justice.

  5. Contrasting and balancing justice and mercy seems appropriate; contrasting and balancing justice and love is confusing.

    Justice without mercy is cruel; mercy without justice is … related to turning the other cheek?

  6. Contrasting and balancing justice and mercy seems appropriate; contrasting and balancing justice and love is confusing.

    Justice without mercy is cruel; mercy without justice is … related to turning the other cheek?

  7. I think what he’s getting at is that “love” he’s getting at is “tolerance”. Love without truth. Would like to see the whole context of his message. I’m sure it would shed more light on it. I thought it was an interesting quote.

    I could be wrong though. Maybe he just has a real disdain for baloney.

  8. I think what he’s getting at is that “love” he’s getting at is “tolerance”. Love without truth. Would like to see the whole context of his message. I’m sure it would shed more light on it. I thought it was an interesting quote.

    I could be wrong though. Maybe he just has a real disdain for baloney.

  9. At first glance I agree with the complete quote. I would be interested in hearing a more specific word than “baloney” to describe love without justice. Maybe “anarchy?”

  10. At first glance I agree with the complete quote. I would be interested in hearing a more specific word than “baloney” to describe love without justice. Maybe “anarchy?”

  11. May I recommend a book by Paul Tillich- Love, Power, and Justice- It discusses what this quote is about.

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