How I Deal With the Pope's Teaching on the Death Penalty
August 11, 2018
Last week, Pope Francis approved a change to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Longtime readers might recall that my views on the death penalty are a bit nuanced. But I didn’t always have the courage to express it. In 2014, I wrote: I don’t buy the idea that the death penalty is no deterrent. I don’t buy the notion that the death penalty should be banned. I think the availability of such a punishment serves its purpose.
How Do You Justify the Death Penalty?
August 12, 2014
I’m not being judgmental or rhetorical with that title. I’m curious how other people deal with capital punishment. Here' my story: Once upon a time, I advocated for the death penalty. Loudly. Shrilly, at times. In the 1980s and into 1990s, I read a lot. Philosophical. Religious. Legal. Historical. Lots of angles, but few perspectives. You see, I sought out confirming information. I searched high and low for perspectives that would justify my own.