A letter to the editor at Zenit:
It is important to realize that the infallible magisterium of the Church has condemned abortion as an intrinsic evil and therefore a mortal sin under all conditions. But the magisterium has never condemned wars or capital punishment as an intrinsic evil under all conditions. The official catechism does consider capital punishment as unnecessary, but it is not an infallible and definitive judgment to be held de fide. The Church is strongly influenced by the Common Doctor of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas, in all 3 issues. We are free to decide what to do as long as we do not contradict the definite teachings of the Church. We are free to debate, but personal opinions must be seen as such.
This is why politicians will be denied communion for supporting legal abortion, but not for supporting war or capital punishment.
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