But I was bothered by this:
"But we don't have that issue with capital punishment, we don't have that issue with the war in Iraq we don't have that issue with the present Administration..."One thing that I have found very difficult to deal with as an American Roman Catholic, is the way we conservative Catholic Americans tend to ignore the Holy Father John Paul II's recommendations in regards to policy of state. JPII (et al.) was very clear to Bush that the war in Iraq was a preventative war, a crime against humanity, and therefore it was unjust. Unjust. Let's not forget that if it weren't for John Paul II, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, we'd all be Soviet Communists right now, against our will. The man knew international policy. The man knew what it was like to be invaded by another country. The man knew suffering and death. And Hope.
The same for capital punishment. Per the Catechism, capital punishment is acceptable in theory, but according to JPII's Encyclical EVANGELIUM VITAE, we know that:
"Among the signs of hope we should also count the spread, at many levels of public opinion, of a new sensitivity ever more opposed to war as an instrument for the resolution of conflicts between peoples, and increasingly oriented to finding effective but "non-violent" means to counter the armed aggressor. In the same perspective there is evidence of a growing public opposition to the death penalty, even when such a penalty is seen as a kind of "legitimate defence" on the part of society. Modern society in fact has the means of effectively suppressing crime by rendering criminals harmless without definitively denying them the chance to reform."And the reality is that JPII made it quite clear that capital punishment rarely, if ever, constitutes the only legitimate means to dealing with a criminal.
My opinion: A judicial system that supports abortion should not be licenced to allow capital punishment, lest it be used for genocide or as a tool in the box of tyranny. How can a judicial system that sees infants as commodities to be used by some or viewed as obstacles in the way of promiscuity by others, be given the trust necessary to accurately sentence this or that man to life or death?