On the evil of punishing the innocent (Augustine)

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But it would be impossible to describe the cruelty of seeking out innocent people and involving them in the capital punishment of a crime, with which they evidently had nothing to do.

Augustine of Hippo, ‘Letter 103 to Nectarius, March 409’ in Letters: Volume II (c. 405-12), trans. Wilfred Parsons, The Fathers of the Church: A New Translation, 18 (New York: The Fathers of the Church, 1953), p. 180.
 
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