Even some historically evangelical churches such as the united church of christ and many methodist and baptist churches opposed capital punishment the roman catholic church supports capital punishment in principal but holds that current application is unnecessary since we have matured as a culture. Capital punishment: a catholic perspective you are here: home this article by emmanuel valenza (later br augustine, sspx) was originally printed in the april 1984 issue of the angelus magazine while the catholic church has condemned kant’s liberal system of philosophy, nevertheless, his quotes are important as they show remarkable. Others noted that the catholic church has long played a role advocating against the death penalty in the united states, bishops have frequently petitioned for stays of execution in 2001, pope john paul ii even urged president george w bush to spare the life of timothy mcveigh, whose oklahoma city bombing killed 168 people.
Why the church cannot reverse past teaching on capital punishment to explore changing the catechism of the catholic church so that it will “absolutely catholic perspective. Second edition catechism of the catholic church - english translation part three life in christ section two the ten commandments chapter two you shall love your neighbor as yourself punishment has the primary aim of redressing the disorder introduced by the offense when it is willingly accepted by the guilty party, it assumes the.
For the catholic community, this issue -- like all life issues -- is more than public policy it involves our faith and the central principle that human life is sacred church teaching on the life and dignity of every human person should guide all our decisions about life, including the use of the death penalty.
The death penalty is a very thorny issue today for most of the second half of the twentieth century, nearly all catholic leaders defended capital punishment but in recent years, nearly all catholic leaders have called for its abolition.
In past centuries, the teaching of the catholic church categorized capital punishment as a form of lawful slaying, a view defended by theological authorities such as augustine and thomas aquinas augustine felt that the death penalty was a means of deterring the wicked and protecting the innocent.
If the church feels herself bound by scripture and tradition in these other areas, it seems inconsistent for catholics to proclaim a moral revolution on the issue of capital punishment the catholic magisterium does not, and never has, advocated unqualified abolition of the death penalty. But catholic conservatives -- bolstered by no small number of like-minded bishops -- are also among the most vocal opponents of capital punishment, which they see as consistent with the church's teaching against abortion and other life issues.