“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.”
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.