The Traditional Case for Capital Punishment (blog entry) - by Fr C John McCloskey


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“Most importantly, the Catholic Church’s Magisterium does not and never has advocated unqualified abolition of the death penalty. The U.S. bishops have conceded that Catholic teaching has accepted the principle that the state has the right to take the life of a person guilty of an extremely serious crime. Even the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin – hardly a conservative – never stated that every criminal has a right to continue living, nor did he deny that the state has the right in some cases to execute the guilty. St. John Paul II, although opposed to most applications of the death penalty, thought the same.”
thecatholicthing.org/2015/03/16/the-traditional-case-for-capital-punishment/

Even in Texas - the “worst” death penalty state - less than 1% of murderers get the death penalty. So it is already quite rare. And sometimes unfortunately it is necessary.

Name the source of this quote!
“But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them before me.”

Ideally, the death penalty should be rare. And it is. But sometimes it is necessary, as even the New Testament seems to indicate.


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I’ve been down this road with you before. So I will just post this map for visitors of the thread and call it a day…

Which countries do we desire to be in company with?


Prayer To End The Use Of The Death Penalty

Merciful Father, we ask your blessing on all we do to build a culture of life. Hear our prayers for those impacted by the death penalty.

We pray for all people, that their lives and dignity as children of a loving God may be respected and protected in all stages and circumstances.

We pray for victims of violence and their families, that they may experience our love and support and find comfort in your compassion and in the promise of eternal life.

We pray for those on death row, that their lives may be spared, that the innocent may be freed and that the guilty may come to acknowledge their faults and seek reconciliation with you.

We pray for the families of those who are facing execution, that they may be comforted by your love and compassion.

We pray for civic leaders, that they may commit themselves to respecting every human life and ending the use of the death penalty in our land.

Compassionate Father, give us wisdom and hearts filled with your love. Guide us as we work to end the use of the death penalty and to build a society that truly chooses life in all situations.

We ask this Father through your Son Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.

Amen


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