taking this out of the abstract, I can just say, I personally wouldn’t be putting a needle in anyone’s arm, or be the one to push the lever to deliver the fatal dose to anyone. I’m thinking The state sure can’t absolve anyone of such an act in Our Lord’s way of thinking… And that’s what I focus on. But we know, someone WILL step up and deliver that fatal dose for the state.
To my knowledge, the Church has never claimed she personally or in any other capacity, had the right to execute anyone. But if someone has a reference to the contrary, please post it… properly referenced of course.
As for the "Church"
Ref: the execution of Bruno the heretic as an example
“he (Bruno) was finally condemned (January, 1600), handed over to the secular power (February 8), and burned at the stake in the Campo dei Fiori in Rome (February 17). Bruno was not condemned for his defense of the Copernican system of astronomy, nor for his doctrine of the plurality of inhabited worlds, but for his theological errors, among which were the following: that Christ was not God but merely an unusually skillful magician, that the Holy Ghost is the soul of the world, that the Devil will be saved, etc. “
The Church did not execute Bruno, the state did… Heretics were enemies of both the Church and the State. The Church excommunicates heretics, but the State not the Church deals with them as we know in a far different fashion.