Pope Sketches Profile of Political Ruler According to Bible

Meditates on Psalm 100(101) at General Audience

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VATICAN CITY, APRIL 30, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II sketched the profile of an ideal political ruler as presented in the Bible, underlining that his action should be governed by «moral integrity» and «commitment against injustice.»

The Pope offered this reflection at today’s general audience, which he dedicated to a meditation on Psalm 100(101).

«It is a meditation that paints the portrait of the ideal political ruler, who should model his life on the divine governance of the world: right action stemming from perfect integrity and by an energetic commitment against injustice,» the Holy Father told the 20,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

It is «a program of loyalty and justice, which comprises two important moral lines,» he said — namely, «integrity of heart» and rejection of evil.

Among the great moral virtues which make the action of the political ruler «luminous,» the Holy Father highlighted «wisdom that helps to understand and judge well; innocence which is purity of heart and of life; and, finally, the integrity of conscience that does not tolerate compromise with evil.»

The above implies rejection of slander, arrogance and haughtiness, the Pope said.

Lastly, the biblical Psalm counsels the man of government to surround himself with faithful helpers, «people of integrity,» thus rejecting «contact with anyone who practices deceit.»

John Paul II concluded by stressing «the primacy of love over the necessary justice,» as a guideline for action that God offers to the man of government.

The Pope’s meditation is the latest in a series on the Psalm and hymns of the Old Testament. The meditations can be consulted in the «Wednesday’s Audience» section of ZENIT’s Web page.

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