So the other day, I link a piece by Bp. Finn which reiterates the teaching of the Church that the death penalty, while permissible in certain situations, is basically not to be applied unless it absolutely needs to be. No big news there. It’s been the teaching of the Church since Evangelium Vitae. The Catechism sums it up this way:
2267 Assuming that the guilty party’s identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.
If, however, non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people’s...READ MORE