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To: sinkspur; Salvation
There is no Catholic doctrine against the death penalty! These are two separate issues that the media always confuse. Quote:

"It is not correct to think of abortion and capital punishment as the very same kind of moral issue. On the one hand, direct abortion is an intrinsic evil, and cannot be justified for any purpose or in any circumstances. On the other hand, the Church has always taught that it is the right and responsibility of hte legitimate temporal authority to defend and preserve the common good, and more specifically to defend citizens against the aggressor. This defense...may resort to the death penalty if no other means of defense is sufficient. The point here is that the death penalty is understood as an act of self-defense on the part of civil society."

From the excellent small booklet, "A Brief Catechism for Catholic Voters" by Fr. Stephen F. Torraco, PhD, published by Leaflet Missal Company, St. Paul, Minnesota. I recommend it to all Catholic groups and churches to clarify not just the death penalty vs. abortion issue, but also how to inform your conscience to choose among a bunch of lousy candidates! Thanks.
8 posted on 02/04/2004 9:47:45 PM PST by enuu
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To: enuu
Do not be surprised if some bishop decides to extend the denial of communion to Catholic governors who support capital punishment.
9 posted on 02/04/2004 9:51:04 PM PST by sinkspur (Adopt a shelter dog or cat! You'll save one life, and maybe two!)
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Catechism of the Catholic Church

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 safety from the aggressor, authority will limit itself to such means, as these are more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and are more in conformity to the dignity of the human person.

Today, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offense incapable of doing harm - without definitely taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself - the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity "are very rare, if not practically non-existent."



14 posted on 02/05/2004 9:42:11 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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