"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Rendering Offenders Harmless Failure, Part 35

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church (#2267)
Today, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offense incapable of doing harm - without definitely taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself - the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity "are very rare, if not practically non-existent."
Meanwhile, back in 2012 Mississippi, United States of America:
A gang fight in a prison for illegal immigrants quickly escalated into a riot involving as many as 300 inmates, some lashing out with sticks or homemade knives as the uprising spread through the sprawling prison, a sheriff said.
A guard was beaten to death and at least 20 other people were injured. The riot began Sunday afternoon and lasted into the night, with inmates dragging mattresses and wood to an outdoor recreation yard to set ablaze, Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said.
Whatever it may be that the Catechism has in mind, incarceration certainly ain't the thing that is able to render offenders incapable of harm.

Still waiting for an explanation from the Catholic abolitionists as to what these wondrous means are which they allege make use of the death penalty in the US contrary to the Catechism.

3 comments:

Steve "scotju" Dalton said...

You will waiting forever for an explaination. But, Mark Shea will introduce you to a lady he knows called Helen Waite. Yep, he will tell you to go to Helen Waite. LOL!

bill bannon said...

It's simple and it goes beyond the death penalty to Benedict's ignored (by all sides) idea of a world government in Caritas Veritate. The historically developed concept of the Pope as a person who can comment on any topic without citing any research and without oppositional feed back is not the Pope that Christ envisioned. Witness the NT. Paul "resisted Peter to his face because he was deserving of blame" in Galatians 2:11. Now Popes are emperors that never face hard ball reporters or journalists...and they are surrounded by Cardinals who define respect as
passivity of intellect in themselves. We have theater not
the original papacy wherein Peter was humble enough
to be "sent" unlike an emperor: Acts 8:14..." 14
Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John.."
Can you imagine John Paul II being sent by the Bishops somewhere? ROFLOL....no you can't because we've made the NT Pope into a mansion dweller with two cooks (80K a year in itself) and recently renovated marble floors. If you keep this wealthy emperor paradigm, you will get more non accountable insights into various topics. God took most of the papal lands from the papacy. He will continue to return them to the template given in the NT. Then new Popes will comment on the death penalty without trying to impress post Christian Europe and the NY Times.

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