Saturday, August 4, 2018
Just as I wrote a couple of days ago, the Catholic(?) Internet and blogosphere has lit up with indignation and outrage at Pope Francis for changing Church teaching to say that capital punishment is always inadmissible. All of this self righteous indignation really blows my mind. These are people who call themselves followers of Jesus Christ - the Creator who came to earth to save each and every human being, no matter how sinful, from eternal damnation and who did so by paying the highest price possible in the entirety of the universe, which price was His Precious Blood. These so-called followers of Jesus Christ are overcome with outrage against Pope Francis because he doesn't want to kill people, but instead wants to give them every chance at repentance and salvation.
I honestly don't understand how a person can call him or herself a Christian and at the same time, want to kill people. Ah, you say, we are talking about wicked violent people who pose a threat to society. They are a threat to each and every one of us and don't deserve to live! And yet, these would be the very people that Our Lord would most want to reach. As Our Lord told us, He did not come to save the righteous but sinners. Undeterred by this clear statement from Jesus Christ, the trad/conservative blogosphere wants the right to put people to death.
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Today Pope Francis officially changed the Catholic Church's teaching on the death penalty. To this time, the Church taught that it did not support the death penalty, but allowed for it in certain circumstances. However, our recent popes have taught that it should be used only very rarely, if at all. Pope Francis has consistently said capital punishment should never be used, as can be seen in the above quote from 2015.