But it's just fine, don't you know, because as the Vatican's UN representative has opined:
twenty years ago, during the papacy of St. John Paul II, the position of the Holy See was “framed within the proper ethical context of defending the inviolable dignity of the human person and the role of the legitimate authority to defend in a just manner the common good of society”. He continued, “Considering the practical circumstances found in most States, as a result of steady improvements in the organisation of the penal system, it appears evident nowadays that means other than the death penalty are sufficient to defend human lives against an aggressor and to protect public order and the safety of persons. For that reason, public authority must limit itself to such means, because they better correspond to the concrete conditions of the common good and are more in conformity with the dignity of the human person”.Oh yes, it's abundantly "evident" that "means other than the death penalty are sufficient to defend human lives against an aggressor."
Except when they're not. Which is frequently and regularly.
Apparently it's now the position of the Church that the lives of inmates and prison staff are worth risking in order to advance the fairy dust position that we've found a humane way to render offenders harmless.
It seems there is no "preferential option" for the poor when the "poor" is an inmate or prison guard who gets shanked by some violent convict who evaded the death penalty.
The Pope, these bishops, clerics, and Catholic Leftists who so desperately advocate on behalf of vicious murderers ought to compelled to serve 30 days as a prison guard in a maximum security prison before they're heard to pontificate about the penal system.