Now that it’s officially Roman Catholic policy to oppose the death penalty – it is “inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” – is anyone really going to notice?
In 2017, 53 countries carried out death sentences; 23 of those executed at least 993 people, according to Amnesty International. Most of the executions were carried out in non-Catholic countries, particularly China, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
The new Roman Catholic catechism states that execution was “an appropriate response to the gravity of certain crimes and an acceptable, albeit extreme, means of safeguarding the common good. Today, however, there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes.” Which, philosophically, is completely incoherent.
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