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To: madprof98
The Church's teaching on the death penalty is muddy right now, made even muddier with the Pope and bishops standing against ANY imposition of the death penalty, when the Catholic Catechism says otherwise.

Catholics, therefore, can take either side, morally.

25 posted on 12/18/2003 11:49:34 AM PST by sinkspur (Adopt a shelter dog or cat! You'll save one life, and maybe two!)
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To: sinkspur; madprof98
Catholics, therefore, can take either side, morally.

Definitely. And to say that a faithful Catholic who takes the 2000 year old side is somehow a "bad" Catholic --and then to compare them, in the same sentence, to someone already excommunicated like Kissling-- is not only wrong but immoral itself.

28 posted on 12/18/2003 11:56:05 AM PST by ckca
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To: sinkspur
The Church's teaching on the death penalty is muddy right now, made even muddier with the Pope and bishops standing against ANY imposition of the death penalty, when the Catholic Catechism says otherwise.

Unfortunately, this is true. One more example where post-conciliar catechism has led to mass confusion.

43 posted on 12/18/2003 1:30:28 PM PST by Maximilian
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To: sinkspur
Dear sinkspur,

"Catholics, therefore, can take either side, morally."

Not exactly. No Catholic may believe or teach that capital punishment is intrinsically evil. One may believe that at the present time, in some societies, it is no longer necessary to protect the innocent.

Catholics may differ on the prudential questions surrounding the death penalty.

But a Catholic may not believe the death penalty is, per se, wrong.


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59 posted on 12/18/2003 3:41:51 PM PST by sitetest
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