to a of , Calvin supported capital punishment in some instances.

With such a definitive punishment and with its finality, there have also been a large number of persons executed who were in fact shown to be innocent at a later time....

This should not be used to indicate that Jesus rejected capital punishment in all instances.
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Others say that states which do have the death penalty have higher crime rates than those that don't, that a more severe punishment only inspires more severe crimes.


Jesus would support capital punishment in some instances.

Jesus also demonstrated grace when capital punishment was due (John 8:1-11).
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Christians should never rejoice when the death penalty is employed, but at the same time, Christians should not fight against the government’s right to execute the perpetrators of the most evil of crimes.

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If Pope Francis’ position becomes official Church teaching, I just don’t see how the use of lethal force to kill someone in any of these scenarios can be justified without violating the law of non-contradiction. If there is a distinguishing principle that makes these scenarios categorically different from the death penalty, please share it because I don’t really see one. In fact, in the situation of the death penalty, the criminal has presumably been given due process, has been tried and found guilty, but (for whatever reason) the state has determined that the only way to protect the innocent is execution. Admittedly, such a scenario would be exceedingly rare in modern, developed states (it is hard to imagine such a situation) but there are places in the world where it would not be far-fetched. And, there is no reason to assume that the relative prosperity and stability that permits effective incarceration in modern developed countries will persist of all time. The possibility of a complete societal breakdown may be unlikely but it is not impossible. For example, after a nuclear war or a worldwide epidemic.

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Dr. Fastiggi – Could you explain how the doctrine of just war and the right to use lethal force if necessary to protect one’s own life in self-defense can remain if the death penalty is always against the Gospel on the ground that only God may take a human life?

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The meaning of particular Scripture texts is, of course, subject to interpretation. Those, however, who claim that Pope Francis is contradicting Sacred Scripture on the death penalty must keep in mind what Vatican II teaches in Dei Verbum, 12: