Vellengas "IsCapital Punishment Wrong", p.
Capital Punishment: Right or Wrong?
But this is simply irrelevant to the that is at issue between Fastiggi and me. Yes, some of the Fathers were strongly opposed to the use of capital punishment in . But I never denied that. What I said is that they were unanimous that capital punishment is wrong, that it can be legitimate at least . And . This unanimous judgment includes Fathers like Tertullian and Lactantius, who – in other passages that Fastiggi does quote (but which Joe Bessette and I quote in our book) – allow that capital punishment can at least in theory be legitimate.
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There are two fundamental theological questions that arise in Catholic discussions of capital punishment. First, is capital punishment legitimate at least ? Or is it wrong? Second, is capital punishment advisable ? Or are there moral or other reasons for the state to refrain from inflicting the death penalty, even if in theory it has the right to do so?
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Now, maybe Shea would say that in such remarks, the pope is merely speaking loosely and rhetorically and does not intend to contradict the traditional teaching that capital punishment is not intrinsically wrong. Perhaps that is the case, and indeed I suggested in my article that that may be all that is going on. But if so, then Shea can hardly object to the request that the pope clarify his remarks and reaffirm traditional teaching.
Capital Punishment Is Always Wrong, Do You Agree
Moreover, if the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, all previous popes, and even scripture itself in fact have (as Brugger’s view implies) been so wrong for so long about something as serious as capital punishment, why should Brugger or anyone else trust what these sources have to say about contraception, conscience, grace, marriage, and the like? How can the credibility of the Church be upheld on doctrinal matter?