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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Excellent Article On Capital Punishment

Christopher Ferrara has written a great article regarding Capital Punishment in Crisis Magazine.

"Clearly, the Church has no authority to abandon the radical moral distinction between capital punishment of the guilty and the killing of an innocent. To reject that distinction is to undermine belief in divine justice itself, which demands the supernatural death of unrepentant souls for all eternity. It is manifestly impossible for Catholic doctrine on the death penalty to “develop” from an approbation based on revealed truth to  a condemnation based on the teaching of the last Pope. And, if we are not discussing the immorality of capital punishment in itself, when all is said and done it is not a question of “development” of doctrine, but only the debatable application of a morally legitimate penalty. Here Catholics, and civil authorities, remain free to make their own prudential judgments."
Christopher A. Ferrara (Can the Church Ban Capital Punishment)

3 comments:

bill bannon said...

Lol.....try assasinating a Pope. The Swiss Guard have top of the line Sig-Sauer pistols (p220) and Heckler and Koch submachine guns (MP-7...armor piercing). Your transportation to the particular judgement is assured....unfortunately so is that of the person behind you if they use the Heckler and Koch. Neither of the last two Popes have disarmed the Swiss Guard yet both have said that war solves nothing within sermons. It's all about talk and getting that Nobel Peace prize for the Vatican. Two Popes who failed to protect children from priests see themselves as penology experts....without citing any penology literature at all either in EV nor in the CCC.
Go to section 42 of Verbum Domini by Pope Benedict:
" the preaching of the prophets vigorously challenged every kind of injustice and violence..."
Sounds very Joan Baez in that in the context of Benedict's seeking abolition of the death penalty and saying that war solves nothing ( in direct imitation of a John Paul Easter sermon), we sense that he saw the prophets as against not just wicked violence but just violence as in
just war and executions done justly.
Let's tour several prophets...the first of whom was picked by God to return just prior to Christ's second coming:
Elijah
1Ki 18:40 "And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there."

Samuel
1Sa 15:33 "And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal."

Eliseus

2Ki 2:23 ¶ And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.
2Ki 2:24   And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.

Well....there's three prophets who didn't vigorously challenge executions.

scotju said...

What is surprising about this article is that Crisis magazine published it. There must be some great changes going on there, because the author of the article is a traditionalist Catholic.
Crisis is also Mark Shea territory. I'll bet ol' Mark is very upset that Ferara's was posted in his back yard!

bill bannon said...

Scotju
I'm guessing but I think Zoe and Margaret are possibly gone and moved to here (see second article by Margaret and first by Zoe)

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