Money is a kind of regulator; it regulates, somewhat analogously like bran is advertised as keeping you regular. Or, if you will, it is better referred to (analogously) as the bloodstream of an economy.
But this regulator we call money itself must be regulated. It is, after all, a sterile instrument. Money is to be regulated by controlling the quantity. That does not mean some kind of net over the money in circulation, but controlling the amount that is both issued into circulation and extinguished from circulation.
Anyways, did you ever know someone who was personally mired in debt and their debt just took care of itself?
Didn't think so. That would be to live in a fiction.
I was wondering about corporal punishment by the state. Is that torture?
For instance, some place might have a law that serves five or so whips from a bamboo cane for someone caught defacing public property. I was sincerely wondering what the Church teaches on this.
Is spanking your kids torture? What?
|"Don't you dare quote Aquinas to me young man!"|
UPDATE: I think Kevin O'Brien more or less adequately answers the question "Is corporal punishment torture? Is spanking your kids torture? What?" right here. I already knew why torture is wrong, which is what Kevin writes about. But I'm wondering what the Church teaches about corporal punishment, vis-a-vis.
Does is it or does it not explicitly say that physically hurting someone can be a justice that is justifiably meted out to serve as a correction for an injustice committed? If it is just, then that means there must be an executioner of the punishment (someone wielding a bamboo cane). What if, by being the executioner, a person is put into the occasion of sin because of the chance of falling into taking pleasure in inflicting the punishment?