Legitimate grievances

Tom Kirkendall posts Paul Johnson’s tribute to Pope John Paul II.

One paragraph from it:

Not that the pope condoned terrorism in any form. He was never among those clergy in the West who mitigated their disapproval by pointing to legitimate grievances.

…which reminded me of another paragraph I read recently:

Finally, I don’t know if there is a cause-and-effect connection, but we have seen some recent episodes of courthouse violence in this country — certainly nothing new; we seem to have run through a spate of courthouse violence recently that has been on the news. I wonder whether there may be some connection between the perception in some quarters on some occasions where judges are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public, that it builds up and builds up to the point where some people engage in violence, certainly without any justification, but that is a concern I have that I wanted to share.

U.S. Senator John Cornyn

Cornyn then goes on to discuss at length what he sees as the legitimate grievances of these criminals.

Two days earlier, Cornyn had written:

In a world that frequently rejects the idea of moral absolutes, John Paul politely but firmly offered truth, love and justice.

U.S. Senator John Cornyn


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