Date of publication: 2017-08-29 21:15
We heard such an encounter taking place late one night just across the street, but were too late to prevent the three of them from killing a man by bashing his head in, and then jumping into their car and roaring off. The man lived just long enough to tell us what had happened. They were never caught, either, to my knowledge.
And, yet, for all your Popes, Church Fathers, and Catechisms... what does Jesus say? 8775 [L]ove your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, 8776 (Lk. 6:77-79a). You have confused the Church 8767 s defense of a practice performed by legitimate authority under a certain set of circumstances with APPROVAL of that practice. Perhaps, if some people spent less time opining on the 8775 when, how, and if 8776 of Papal Infallibility and more time on thinking over what they THINK they know about the Church 8767 s magisterium vis-a-vis capital punishment.
It is clear that, for these purposes to be achieved, the nature and extent of the punishment must be carefully evaluated and decided upon, and ought not go to the extreme of executing the offender except in cases of absolute necessity: in other words, when it would not be possible otherwise to defend society. Today however, as a result of steady improvements in the organization of the penal system, such cases are very rare, if not practically non-existent.
Capital punishment, Pope Francis says, is the opposite of divine mercy, which should be the model for our man-made legal systems. Death sentences, he insists, imply cruel and degrading treatment, as well as the torturous anguish of a lengthy waiting period before the execution, which often leads to sickness or insanity.
Some ask whether those who commit the most heinous crimes or who are found guilty of repeated violence constitute the rare occasions when the death penalty is appropriate. According to The Gospel of Life, the existence of a rare occasion when the death penalty may be used is not determined by the gravity of the crime but by whether it would not be possible otherwise to defend No matter how heinous the crime, if society can protect itself without ending a human life, it should do
I have to reconcile my belief in the legitimacy of the death penalty with how I view our government. I really can 8767 t. Therefore, though I believe it 8767 s legitimate, I am against it because of the many factors that inevitably put innocent people on death row.
[I]n the end, we 8767 re left with a fundamental moral divide, one we should explore. Should the state be killing people who are convicted of crimes? Does the fact that justice can be served in one way by an execution mean that it should be served in that way, as opposed to other ways (like life in prison, a punishment which is arguably far more harsh). What kind of values are expressed by executions, and are those the values we as a society want to promote? In every other advanced democracy, they 8767 ve answered 8775 no 8776
And we don 8767 t employ the death penalty where it would do the most good for deterring future crime, namely against pedophiles and serial rapists. If we put them down after their second or more victim, we could seriously cut into the crime.
Respondent and his amici have submitted, and petitioner does not contest, that only seven countries other than the United States have executed juvenile offenders since 6995: Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and China. Since then each of these countries has either abolished capital punishment for juveniles or made public disavowal of the practice. Brief for Respondent 99-55. In sum, it is fair to say that the United States now stands alone in a world that has turned its face against the juvenile death penalty.
On this record--and especially in light of the fact that so little has changed since our recent decision in Stanford --I would not substitute our judgment about the moral propriety of capital punishment for 67-year-old murderers for the judgments of the Nation's legislatures. Rather, I would demand a clearer showing that our society truly has set its face against this practice before reading the Eighth Amendment categorically to forbid it.