I hope you find the above helpful. At this point, however, having followed most of this discussion, albeit without actively participating in it, I do feel obliged to remark (and I say this without the intention of causing offense), that though my views diverge from the “anti-death penalty” faction (for most of the reasons you have previously enumerated), I am largely in agreement with Don Ruggero when he stated, with what I imagine to have been a long-suffering tone, that,
“When persons ask: “What is really meant by unacceptable?” “What is really meant by inadmissible?” it is nothing short of bizarre in the present context.[…] When it comes to theology, what the Holy Father has articulated are extremely easy concepts.”
Indeed, Pope Francis’s motives in revising the Catechism, as well as the reasoning presented by the Holy Father, are quite clear. For that reason, I found your response to Don Ruggero and other like-minded interlocutors, along the lines that what they have presented is merely “their understanding of the situation”, to be rather curious. A straightforward reading of the Holy Father’s words reveals that “their understanding” and Pope Francis’s are identical.
I believe those of us in favor of retaining the possible use of capital punishment are better served by a plain recognition of this fact, and that it would also be good to draw inspiration from Fr. John Fongemie, FSSP, who, shortly after the announcement of the revision to the Catechism, declared in his parish bulletin that, “The Holy See is apparently in error, and in my view, no Catholic should feel himself bound to the Catechism in this regard.”
I do not fear to misrepresent Don Ruggero by positing that he sharply disagrees with Fr. Fongemie on this point—however, I am also confident in asserting that if nothing else, he will at least begrudgingly commend this FSSP priest for his honesty—here, at least, there is no attempt at waving away the Holy Father’s unambigious statements, or putting words in his mouth. If one believes the ordinary Magisterium has erred and that certain measures will be corrected or repealed in the future, then one should forthrightly say so—quibbling over semantics and reinterpreting the Holy Father’s words is not, in my mind, a particularly useful endeavor.