People in Europe generally have no idea what is going on here in America. Read Antiamericanism by the Frenchman Revel for example. The European media consistently portrays America as a crime ridden, racism filled country in which we all struggle in a dog-eat dog existence.
When European bishops say things, and even when the Vatican says things, their views are always colored by this media drumbeat of anti-americanism.
The archbishop of Scotland opened his mouth and revealed his ignorance. He seems not to care much that the Lockerbie bomber killed 270 people. He thinks the man should be let go:
Scotland’s Roman Catholic leader attacked America’s ‘culture of vengeance’ today as he defended the release of the Lockerbie bomber.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien said despite the ‘gratuitous barbarity’ of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi – who the Scottish Government freed last year on compassionate grounds – ministers were right ‘to affirm our own humanity’.
He accused the American justice system of being based on ‘vengeance and retribution’ and said he was glad to live in a country where ‘justice is tempered with mercy’….
Writing in Scotland on Sunday newspaper, Cardinal O’Brien said: ‘In Scotland over many years we have cultivated through our justice system what I hope can be described as a “culture of compassion”.
‘On the other hand, there still exists in many parts of the US, if not nationally, an attitude towards the concept of justice which can only be described as a ‘culture of vengeance’.’
He added: ‘Scotland’s legal system allowed the Scottish justice secretary to release Megrahi on compassionate grounds, following due process and based on clear medical advice.’
But the Scottish legal system was had. The man was supposed to die within three months, but is hale and healthy living large in the land of his birth. He is expected to live for another 10 years.
Mercy does not include letting murderers walk free. It involves forgiving them for their deeds, not releasing them.
Someone ought to make the distinction for the Bishop.
Powerfully stupid stuff from a man who should know better.