Thursday, December 01, 2011

Pope urges end to death penalty worldwide

Frankly, I wish Western Catholics would get up to speed on this:

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that the traditional teaching of the Church “does not exclude” recourse to the death penalty when it is “the only practicable way to defend the lives of human beings effectively against the aggressor.” It adds, however, that today such cases are “very rare, if not practically non-existent.”

In my experience, pro-life Canadian Catholics tend to be very anti-death penalty.