+ Bishops and Pope Call for the End the Death Penalty

September 28, 2016

Indeed, it is time to end this barbaric practice of revenge. The Death Penalty has never been about Justice. It is about revenge plan and simple.  Killing isn’t Justice. A society has an obligation to protect its citizens. In those countries that do not have the resources to build supermax prisons may need the death penalty to protect its citizens. The United States fails to meet that criteria that might justify the death penalty. Here is the official Church teaching from the Catechism:

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 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 nonexistent.” (John Paul II, Evangelium vitae 56)

 

Pope Francis recently spoke on this issue:

 

Archbishop Gomez. Archdiocese of Los Angeles, call for the end of the Death Penalty, and for Californians to vote “Yes” on Proposition 62. He an the other bishops are also calling for the end of the  Death Penalty throughout the nation.

 

Killing Isn’t Justice

It is time to end the death penaly

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