I am such a poor Christian.
While elation at the death of a man who was responsible for the evil deeds of 9/11 is understandable, Christians should be repelled by the images flashing across our television screens, and news paper web sites, of rejoicing in the main streets of America.
A man was killed. A man. Not a monster. Osama was created in the image and likeness of God. Yes that sacred image was grossly distorted by his evil deeds, but the image remained. Hitler, Stalin, Bin Laden committed monstrous atrocities as human beings. There are no monsters in our midst.
His killing might very well be justified under Catholic Just War doctrine, but I can not as faithful Christians celebrate the taking of human life.
And I certainly can not wish that anyone, no matter how evil their actions, ends up in hell for all eternity.
But I should pray for Osama’s eternal soul. Christ demands that I forgive my enemies. Hate is a destructive force. It eats away at the soul.
I pray, therefore, for Osama that he will receive mercy even though he showed no mercy for his victims.