In my first post here can I share some thoughts that I posted about in more detail at my blog on the subject of capital punishment?
Roman Catholic teaching notes that traditionally capital punishment was not absolutely excluded (an understatement indeed…), but that today, so long as non-lethal means can defend against the aggressor and protect the safety of other persons, then those non-lethal means are to be chosen. This is more in keeping with the common good and conforms more to the dignity of the human person (CCC, 2267). John Paul II notes that the cases in which the execution of an offender is absolutely necessary “are very rare, if not practically non-existent (Evangelium vitae, 56).” In a country like the United States, to the Roman Catholic Church, there isn’t a person being executed that needs to be.
Do you agree that this accurately represents the Church’s thoughts on the matter?
I certainly invite your participation at my blog discussion on the subject as well, where the issue is spoken of in more detail (mrwhitaker.wordpress.com/).