‘Justice is something you carry with you, like your skin,’ Archbishop Charles Scicluna told the members of the judiciary during a mass celebrated to inaugurated the opening of the Forensic Year 2019-2020.
The Mass was celebrated on Tuesday at St. John’s Co-Cathedral.
During his homily, Archbishop Scicluna referred to the woman which can be seen in the ‘Beheading of St. John the Baptist’ standing in shock when she realised that the execution is wrong.
He then referred to ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch, a work of art known for its expressionistic colours, bright swirling sky and a person clasping their face screaming in anguish alone at the dock.
Mgr. Scicluna explained that the almost-human face in ‘The Scream’ is letting out a desperate cry in front of trauma and misery. He observed that humans are capable of inflicting misery on one another.
He cited from Pope Francis’ address to the National Association of Magistrates which was delivered last February.
Quoting Pope Francis in Italian, Archbishop Scicluna spoke about the independence of the judiciary both internal and external.
‘In a social context in which the pursuit of individual interest even at the expense of the collective is increasingly regarded as normal, without scandal, you are called to offer a sign of disinterested,’ the Pope had said in his address.
Archbishop Scicluna also quoted Pope Francis on the timing and ways in which justice is administered saying that it touches the living flesh of people. He explained that this would either give one signs of relief and consolation, or wounds of oblivion and discrimination.
“The duty of giving to each person what is due to them, one cannot forget the extreme weakness that afflicts the lives of many and influences decisions,” he quoted.
Archbishop Scicluna ended by calling for prayers so that the members of the judiciary would be enlightened by the Pope’s words.