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Fishwrap Tries to Gotcha' Scalia

Fr. Z writes:

Over at the National catholic Fishwrap, Jamie Manson has flung herself headlong into another error.

I won’t torment you with a fisking of the whole article. Suffice it to say that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is said to have defended, as Jamie puts it, a “pro-death penalty position” during a speech at Duquesne University’s Law School. What Scalia said was,

“If I thought that Catholic doctrine held the death penalty to be immoral, I would resign. … I could not be a part of a system that imposes it.”
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Mary De Voe said...

“are very rare, if not practically non-existent.“ These words are removed form the Catechism of the Catholic Church in the new revised edition simply because the death penalty for capital one murder is Justice. The murderer must expire with grief over his crime. A living murderer has insufficient remorse and imperfect contrition and would likely commit another murder inside or outside the prison, as with contractors, other prisoners and the warden's family. If the murderer's soul is at stake only the death penalty might save him.

bill bannon said...

Father Z and all clergy apparently are not allowed to critically read Evangelium Vitae in the death penalty sections and criticize it. But that means in 1521 they would have stood behind Leo X's condemnation of Luther saying burning heretics was against the Holy Spirit (Exsurge Domine,1520). Now Luther's position against burning heretics is the Catholic Vatican II position against coercion of conscience in religious matters. All priests who obey these last two Popes on the death penalty....would have obeyed Leo X on the opposite. That is a problem of too much conformism and can keep some intelligent people out of the Church....and out of vocations if they are in the Church.

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