The Catholic Church does not condemn the death penalty as such; it does teach that it should be imposed only for grave offenses and justly. Pope John Paul II wanted to see it imposed only if there were no other way to protect society, but this was his personal opinion, not the teaching of the Church.
posted on 08/19/2008 1:28:44 PM PDT
To: maryz; magritte
Thank you for the response, Mary.
What is the position of your church, Magritte, insofar as the death penalty?
posted on 08/19/2008 4:41:02 PM PDT
("Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ." - St. Jerome)
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