Catholic bishops denounce capital punishmentBy Marc • Nov 16th, 2005 • Category: In Other News...., the Church
Warning….This includes MSM writings about Catholic Church doctrine and Catholic Episcopal statements, which means you can’t trust everything written in the linked article.
“WASHINGTON — The US Conference of Catholic Bishops yesterday overwhelmingly approved a new statement of opposition to capital punishment, asserting that it contributes to a culture of death and violence in the United States.”
To be honest, I think this is a good thing. There is no good reason to use they death penalty in this country. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The capital punishment should never be that, “punishment”. It should only be used as a last resort to protect society from the habitual violent criminal.
Citing John Paul’s teachings, the bishops declared that ”the death penalty is not intrinsically evil, as is the taking of human life through abortion or euthanasia,” but ”in contemporary society, where the state has other, nonlethal means to protect its citizens, the state should not use the death penalty.”
There are other places however, for instance the Philippines where the lack of means to use a non-lethal alternative prevents it from being viable. We have that means however here in the US. We should use it.