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Published on Aug 2, 2018

FR. GERALD MURRAY, canon lawyer and priest of the Archdiocese of New York and ROBERT ROYAL, editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing.org, discuss the Archbishop (formerly Cardinal) Theodore McCarrick sex abuse scandal, the Pope’s change to the Church’s teaching on capital punishment and much more. DR. BILL DONOHUE, president of The Catholic League joins us to talk about a new task force on religious freedom at the US Department of State, and the media’s response to the McCarrick scandal.

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The Death Penalty with Dr. Edward Feser

Source: The Church and the Death Penalty

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“Perhaps most starkly of all — scholars on all sides seemed to have missed this — Jesus vindicates the employment by the state of the death penalty at his own trial with Pontius Pilate, in John 19:11. What He says should verily end all debate: “Pilate said: ‘Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?’ Jesus answered: ‘You would have no power over me [to kill me] if it were not given to you from above.'” Oops, missed that one, Fr. Patella!

Sounds strangely identical to St. Augustine’s definition of the state’s prerogative to execute criminals: “The agent who executes the killing does not commit homicide; he is an instrument as is the sword with which he cuts. Therefore, it is in no way contrary to the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ to wage war at God’s bidding, or for the representatives of public authority to put criminals to death, according to the law, that is, the will of the most just reason.”


A response to an essay by Dr. Edward Feser and Dr. Joseph Bessette

Source: In Defense of the Death Penalty

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When you think of love think of this beautiful human being who will suffer at the gallows.  She is courageous and loving in the face of adversity.  This is not only a love letter to her family but to her Christian Family.

She teaches us what it means to love all of our people including our enemies.  The enemies that will put her to death.  She accepts death at the hands of the enemy with peace in her heart.  A peace she must be wrestling with everyday in her cell.  This is an example of modern day martyrdom.

This is how we must accept our peace at the hands of the gallows if we are faced with this someday.  The certainty that we will die at the hands of our enemies.

Pray for your enemies as she will pray for hers.

If the Lord sees fit to realease her from the gallows.  Amen!  If not then may she walk with God Our Lord Jesus Christ into immortal happiness.

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The above story of Maria Goretti is the reason that I will not support the death penalty even though many in our society uphold it as the answer to society and her woes.

I have experienced a similar story and can honestly say that it took me a long time to discover this wisdom of understanding.

Yes, there maybe rare occasions where the death penalty is acceptable for no other reason but I am not sure what that rare occasion is.  Perhaps I will never know what that rare occaison is.

For more information please consult the Catechism of the Catholic Church regarding the death penalty.

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