When Dr. Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, raised the alarm Dec. 30, 2019, about a novel coronavirus, he was reprimanded for spreading rumors.

Dr. Li, 34, died of COVID-19. The Chinese government apologized to his family.

The episode speaks volumes about humanity. About the Chinese, sure, but also about humanity. People don’t want to hear bad news and don’t think much of whistleblowers — or the media. We all make mistakes in judgment, and it’s often because we’re operating from a worldview based on fear, prejudice, and every one of the deadly sins. And then, instead of heading to the confessional, we look for someone else to blame.

Liz Peek, a business analyst on Fox News, puts it point blank: “How do we avenge the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people?” she asks in an opinion piece about revenge on China in early May.

We at the Catholic Sentinel aren’t foreign policy gurus. Our job is rather to remind readers of the good that the church does, in our hearts, in our neighborhoods and in the world. Our faith is good news.

Part of that is Jesus’ good news that there is now a better way to live than the old “eye for an eye” code of the Old Testament.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on [your] right cheek, turn the other one to him as well.” (MA 5:38-39)

Think about it. People who try to live the Beatitudes make better choices in life. There’s no reason to think that’s not also true for nations. There’s nothing in it for us to “avenge” China’s mistakes. It would do our souls and our nation better to instead go to confession.