Mirror of Justice

A blog dedicated to the development of Catholic legal theory.
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Thursday, May 7, 2015


If I were a legislator (which would never happen, because I would never be elected to anything -- though I was in fact elected class president many times back in the day), I would never vote in favor of killing people as punishment.  But the Catholic prelates who like to oppose the death penalty have not made the case, at least not that I've seen, that death is *never* proportionate punishment.  The argument about "self-defense" is a separate matter, even if the Catechism confuses the two.  It's easy to grandstand against capital punishment, but it's difficult, at best, to show that Catholic moral theology condemns capital punishment per se.


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