I had attempted to make the following comment over at Shea's, including some reference to other comments in the combox, but apparently the vitriol and hate of the following comment (as closely as I can reconstruct it) led to its blocking:
A few comments are in order. First, the death penalty in the US is resorted to in about 0.5% of murder cases. Not exactly an orgy of bloodlust. It actually seems like the death penalty is almost "rare, if not non-existent" to echo a certain well-repeated phrase.That was the substantial gist of my comment over at Papa Shea's. One wonders why he's afraid of reasoned critique of his material. After all, it's not as if I added that engaging in the type of cheap dishonest rhetoric represented by his post shows Shea for the blustering, lying, ill-educated phony he is.
Second, the Catholic Church has always and everywhere Magisterially taught that resort to the death penalty is a vindication of the 5th Commandment's prohibition against murder, and is a requirement of the natural virtue of justice. That certain contemporary sources emphasize a purely practical resort to the death penalty does not and cannot alter fundamental Church teaching on a matter of morality such as this ancient teaching on the death penalty.
Last, the resort to graphic above is simply a logical fallacy of association, and
as such, needs no refutation beyond pointing out its utter illogic.