Pro-Life Exceptions
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  1. Fran Martin Avery says:

    Out of curiosity, where do you stand on capital punishment Birjit?

    • Birgit J says:

      It always comes to that doesn’t it? First a couple of points. Comparing the innocent unborn, who cannot in any way have sinned and are therefore completely blameless, to a criminal is an unacceptable comparison. Assuming that justice has been served, through a finding of guilt in the legal system, I still find it highly implausible to think that the death penalty is necessary in this day and age – at least in first world nations.

      That being said, I hold to what the Catholic Church teaches: CCC 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.”

  2. Fran Martin Avery says:

    What do you think Jesus taught about capital punishment?

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