By Fr. Frank Pavone in the Washington Post
Earlier today I sent an update to my Facebook and Twitter page asking this very question, and responding, “Yes, we can rejoice in the good effects of his death, but need to pray for the person.” When I heard of bin Laden’s death, I felt a great sense of relief and gratitude.
The laws of God require that we not hate anyone. “Hate the sin, love the sinner.” We can hate what they do, we can hate what they stand for, and we can actively oppose it, even to the point of taking their lives in self-defense or in the defense of others. At the same time, Christians need to take seriously the words of Christ, who taught, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.
He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?” (Matthew 5:43-46). But rejoice that he is dead? Yes.
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