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What does the Catholic Church say about the death penalty?

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:58 AM on Jul. 2, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • The Catholic church opposes the death penalty in pretty much all cases. The late Pope John Paul II used to speak out against capital punishment all together. Here is a web link form the vatican website regarding Pope John Paul II and the death penalty.

    I hope this helps!!

    Answer by Jessica0c at 12:06 PM on Jul. 2, 2009

  • From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

    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.



    Answer by eringobrough at 6:45 PM on Jul. 2, 2009

  • 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

    Answer by eringobrough at 6:45 PM on Jul. 2, 2009

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