I would like to add to the conversation of death penalty being pro-life, I wouldn’t support the death penalty of Hitler if he was arrested and stood trial as opposed to shooting himself. I wouldn’t support the death penalty for the terrible Hutu extremist group in the Rwandan Genocide (a particular interest of mine is this genocide).
If I was even consider supporting the death penalty it would be if we are talking about a prisoner who might kill other inmates or the guards or is a risk to escape and kill civilians. BUT, my concern here is the safety of others, not killing this person because he/she has no value or worth. I believe everyone, the worst murderer or the holiest person has worth not deserves death. Also, considering how strong our prisons are due to new innovation, security, and weaponry, the inevitability someone escapes is very low and if such a risk to others in the prison is there, the innate would face additional security and privatization measures.
So my point is, in theory I could see a situation where the death penalty is needed but in actuality this situation will never happen. This is also the view JPII had, he conceded in theory it is possible a situation needs it but in actuality it would never be needed.
Thus, by this logic, I oppose the death penalty in every case. Pope Francis codified this belief of JPII. If by some crazy odds this situation is necessary (which myself and JPII see as impossible), the action of death would have to be ordered to the preservation of life not ordered to punishment.
Curious as to what others think on this. @Aquinas11 @OnAJourney