(Originally penned and posted on July 17, ARSH 2014. Jamie Dimon of J.P. Morgan infamy had just announced that he had throat cancer. Apparently he received chemotherapy and yet lives.)
Um, yeah, so why EXACTLY did I have a Mass said for Jamie Dimon yesterday again?? Seems odd, no? There are multiple reasons:
a.) To pray for the salvation of his soul that he might not spend all of eternity burning in the deepest darkest corner of hell.
b.) To pray that he might be cured of his throat cancer, because if he dies of throat cancer anytime soon, he will not be able to be arrested, tried and executed for his crimes against humanity, and that would be a terrible deprivation, both to Dimon and to society in general.
c.) Because praying for the salvation and achievement of the Beatific Vision for one’s enemies is extremely constructive and good.
With regards to point B, remember the words of Dr. John Senior, as quoted in my essay “The one about… HOW THE TOTAL ABSENCE OF JUSTICE CAN ONLY LEAD TO THE TOTAL ABSENCE OF FREEDOM” , which, if I do say so myself, is one of the more conceptually important pieces I have written.
Justice is simply the social good, and it must therefore be done. It is defined as “giving each his due” – cuique suum, “to each his own.” A man is due his life because he is a living thing; it is his nature to have life; and, since it is also his nature to be moral, if a man commits a crime, he must be punished because punishment is retributive – punishment is the penalty due the criminal in justice to him. Proportioned punishment is due him, too, and you cannot deny him that right without yourself committing an injustice against him deserving punishment in turn. The judge who fails the criminal in punishment himself incurs a greater guilt.
-Dr. John Senior from his book, “The Death of Christian Culture”
Depriving criminals of the punishment justly due to them is NOT NOT NOT merciful, nor is it in any way CHARITABLE. It is, as Dr. Senior rightly pointed out, depriving him of his real, fundamental right to justice, which is another crime. If Jamie Dimon, Jon Corzine, Lloyd Blankfien, Mario Draghi, Christine Lagarde and the numerous other people who have committed crimes against humanity purely within the financial realm are not tried, and upon being found guilty, executed – because the punishment MUST be proportional, and these people have, without question, committed capital offenses – the odds of them ever repenting, being baptized (in the case of the Jews among them and unbaptized Gentiles) and thus attaining the Beatific Vision is massively, massively reduced. History proves and common sense dictates that being faced with one’s own execution has a way of … bringing moral clarity to the condemned man, a clarity that dying peacefully, hopped-up on painkillers in one’s twenty million dollar Long Island or French Riviera compound simply will not provide.
Remember how Nazi Hans Frank reverted to the Church after having apostasized while awaiting his execution, received the sacraments, and by all accounts died well and with humble dignity on the gallows with his last words being,’I am thankful for the kind treatment during my captivity and I ask God to accept me with mercy.’ If Hans Frank had never faced justice and the hangman, a death he so richly deserved, the odds of his reversion would have been infinitesimal.
No, I had Mass offered for Jamie Dimon yesterday precisely because I fear that either the throat cancer OR our thoroughly wicked and cowardly culture will deprive him of the trial and execution to which he has an inalienable, Divinely ordained right, and may be his only hope for conversion, repentance and salvation. I also know that to deprive Dimon of his just punishment will also edify others like him to commit other and larger crimes against humanity, and thus the deprivation of justice to Dimon is an act of violence against the totality of mankind.