A clarification. I wasn't trying to get in with secular lynch mobs, but was trying to make a point that rulings could go both ways on this one.
Dogma states we are to distant ourselves from evil influences and socialize with those who are God's friends. Evil may present itself has an aid to society. Discernment also calls for studying the virtuousness of every entity.
The judicial system of this nation leaves much to be desired in the area of reconciliation, and while it is obstinate in this, remains in a state of mortal sin. In Mathew we are reminded to "settle before the magistrate" then get on with our lives, that rule applies to nations as well. We are to state what is required to compensate for the crime, and settle everything there. Corinthians shows us that Paul needed to come to the assistance of an offender and save him from the lynch mob of his "faithful" congregation, long after he has paid his debt to society.
The criminal record was once a tool to assist the police in crime solving, but now has become an instrument to curb the activities of those who have paid the debt that the magistrate stated would correct the wrong, and are once again instilled as full citizens in their own right. Curbing of activities is a sentencing, in fact everything that is applied to the offender because of the crime is a sentence. Everything that the sentence compounds is a sentence. (This is the trial process at our celestial judgement, everything that our sin compounded is included and shown to the judged.) The sentence applied once again when the "available at any price" record check shows again that one more despicable person has the audacity to be at large and dares to try to make his life straight.
This new age of electronics can be used to assist the Church. In spite of clear indicators that the judicial system has not set it's house in order, it can make use of one of it's instruments to post sentence has well, and itself overlook that chapter in Mathew for it's own ends. The Church shows by this it does not need to discriminate between good and evil as we all do, it can use whatever is available in the name of the common good
. The point missed is that the instrument is not to be used at all for the common good
when it was obtained through the enlistment of evil, and ignores the warning that common good
implies the existance of common evil
So what pastoral councelling is this perpetual whipping post of a man to receive who comes to the Church for help? He may ask for a comforting ear from a representative of an institution that itself does the exact same thing to others, a conflict of interest if there ever was one. I suppose the Church could try to state the misinterpreted common good precept, or it could simply suggest the man become a martyr and sent on his way. But if he feels betrayed by Jesus, and for all intents and purposes he is, (for you non believers the Church claims to be the embodiment of Christ) there is no one to comfort him. He is in a true predicament, not even realizing he was betrayed.
It is remarkable that in 2000 years the Church suddenly finds itself overwhelmed by evil on all sides, coincidentally, just when the technology of electronic filing just happens to be available. One is left to wonder how it made it to today without it.
So for all you non believers, the Church itself can one-up any system that's out there in corruption, can put aside principles that were never it's own to begin with. I think it needs to get back to grass roots and restudy it's cause, and to try to understand it's own teaching in a clearer light. While it knows an entity is in a state of mortal sin and strives to become a partner or make use of what he can offer, the Church becomes complicite in that sin.
Meanwhile our lost man will need to wait for virtuous helpers, and if the helpers try to take on the task before they examine their own consciences, they are hypocrites.