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- “Thomas Aquinas: On Law, Tyranny and Resistance”, by Dr. N.P. Swartz, Acta Theologica, Vol. 30, No. 1 (Jun. 2010): pp. 145-157. Available in pdf format and may be read online at the Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) SA.
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“Woe to the pastors, that destroy and tear the sheep of my pasture, saith the Lord… You have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them; behold, I will visit upon you for the evil of your doings… And I will gather together the remnant of my flock, out of all the lands into which I have cast them out: and I will make them return to their own fields, and they shall increase and be multiplied. And I will set up pastors over them, and they shall feed them: they shall fear no more, and they shall not be dismayed: and none shall be wanting of their number” (Jeremias xxiii, 1-4)
“Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you untruly, for my sake; Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for your reward is very great in heaven: for so they persecuted the prophets, that were before you…. But I say to you, not to resist evil: but if any one strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also… Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you, That you may be the children of your Father, who is in heaven: who maketh his sun to rise upon the good and the bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust. Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Gospel according to St. Matthew v, 11-48)
“And the high priest asked them… we commanded you, that you should not teach in this name… But Peter answering, and the apostles, said: We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers hath raised up Jesus, whom you put to death… And we are witnesses of these things, and the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to all that obey him… And they indeed went from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were accounted worthy to suffer reproach for the name of Jesus. And they ceased not every day in the temple, and from house to house, to teach and preach Christ Jesus.” (Acts v. 29-42)