Osama bin Laden: “Measure of Justice”

Jimmy Akin has what seems as a very well-balanced and Catholic response to the death of Osama Bin Laden, “Killing bin Laden: Catholic Perspective at NCRegister.com.  Fact is, Cowboy Papist and Herself heard the news with a mixture of relief and apathy; relief that the murderer of innocent life and personal friends will murder no more, and apathy that it’s been ten years since the 9/11 attacks.  The start of Mr. Akin’s article, with emphasis:

So it has been announced that Osama bin Laden is dead.  Good.  The twisted, evil mastermind responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent human beings has been shuffled off this mortal coil.  This provides a measure of justice.  Not full justice. That’s in God’s hands. But some justice.

Of course, Our Lord’s command to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us still applies.  We must hope that Osama bin Laden repented at the last second, or that he had been crazy for years and not responsible for his actions, or that God might provide for his salvation in some other way.  And we must remember that Christ himself died to make salvation possible for all men, Osama bin Laden included.

But possibility does not equal actuality. As Pope Benedict has reminded us in various works, evil is real and hell is a real choice.  If anyone, judging by outward, human appearances, was ripe for going there, Osama bin Laden was a plausible candidate. This may have even applied to his final moments.

Reports are still sketchy, but it is reported that he died resisting the offensive against his compound, which may mean he was wielding a weapon.  It is also reported that a woman who was one of the five people killed in the compound was used as a human shield.  This may mean—and future reports may clarify this—that bin Laden himself grabbed the woman himself and tried to use her as a shield while he pointed a weapon at her or at othersNot the kind of choices one wants to make just before one meets one’s Maker.

Watching a live Fox News report this afternoon on a briefing from the White House, there does seem to be some strong speculation that bin Laden did, indeed, hold one of his wives in front of him while firing at US forces.  Bad guy gone.  Wouldn’t want to experience watching him standing in front of God, trying to justify his life, behavior and decisions.

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