World free of death penalty


Pope Francis

At least this is what Pope Francis wants as he showed support for the sixth World Congress against capital punishment that was held in Oslo, Norway a few months back.

What this does in effect is change the Catechism of the Catholic Church – the compilation of official Catholic teaching, where, before, it said that the church didn’t exclude recourse to capital punishment “if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.”

Now the explanation given is that “the previous policy is outdated and that today the church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person, and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide.”

Well, let me just say here that I am writing this piece not because I agree with this new ruling of the church, but rather it is more about expressing my opinion against it.

Whether one is a member of the Catholic Church or not, this is a matter that people all over should be talking about as it is a universal concern.

I just find it absurd that Pope Francis is calling for a world “free of the death penalty” because he says it violates the sanctity of life and the dignity of the human person.

Sanctity? Dignity?

What about the sanctity and dignity of the victims that are brutally killed, and that may include sometimes innocent children?

How about those that are mercilessly raped and killed that may include sometimes children, too?

Is there still sanctity and dignity left in the lives of these criminals who consciously take illegal drugs in order to carry out a heinous crime?

What is justice for the victims and their grieving families then if those meted out a death penalty is made to live and enjoy the freedom they don’t deserve, even if it is inside the jail?

If there is a group of people who should be more sympathetic to the victims of any heinous crimes, or any crime for that matter, it should be the priests.

I say, stick it out with the old policy of having recourse for death penalty, if and when warranted.

Death penalty never gets outdated. It continues to be current for those deserving to die.


6 comments on “World free of death penalty

  1. Epi B says:

    It sounds like you don’t want justice for people guilty of (horrible) crimes but only revenge for the victims and their families.

    That grieving families or traumatized victims want the people that caused them such pain to suffer is understandable. If they could they would probably have these people killed a dozen times and not in a humane way. I doubt their agony would diminish after seeing the guilty man or woman being put to death. They need to process their traumas independently and heal on their own.

    I fail to see how putting a child molester to death is more respectful towards “the sanctity and dignity of the victims” than punishment through incarceration and rehabilitation.

    I suppose people who believe in heaven, hell and judgment day can argue that some supreme being will decide if someone needs to suffer for all eternity or may rest in peace after death. I don’t believe in all that and in that sense consider death to be an utterly meaningless sentence.

    You also forget that behind every death penalty there is a human being that has to execute it. I can’t imagine what it does to someone’s core, having to take someone’s life like that. It’s all kind of wrong, imo.

    • quierosaber says:

      You got me wrong here. The fact that I disagree with the new policy of the church does not mean that I am in favor of imposing death penalty to every heinous crime committed. What I am just saying is that since nobody has been questioning the old policy, where death penalty is imposed only when the court finds it warranted to end somebody’s life at some time in the future, then we might as well continue adopting it. At least there is accounting – quantification and qualification – of crime/crimes committed by a person before judgment is passed.

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  3. kersten says:

    Spot on excellent objections ; I’m sure you will have noticed how appalling murderous abusers who are members of ISIS are handled with kid gloves by their western opponents , it sickens me .

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