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What is the Catholic Church's historical position on capital punishment: how did we get here?

Wikipedia's article on this topic is a pretty good place to start, and for in-depth treatment, you'll want By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed (Feser and Bessette; in favor of the death penalty) and ...
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What is Catholic Church's view on capital punishment?

The Catholic Church does not forbid capital punishment. See the section on the 5th Commandment ("Thou shalt not kill") of the Catechism of the Council of Trent: Another kind of lawful slaying ...
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What is the New Testament basis for capital punishment?

This passage of scripture immediately springs to mind: 1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that ...
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Did Pope Francis declare that according to the teaching of the Catholic Church capital punishment is intrinsically evil?

Did Pope Francis declare that according to the teaching of the Catholic Church capital punishment is intrinsically evil? The short answer is no. The choice of words regarding the Roman Pontiff's ...
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What was the Early Church Fathers’ teachings on the death penalty?

What was the Early Church Fathers teach on the death penalty? The Early Church was a little divided on the issue, but in general was in favour of it, in rare occasions. It is complicated. How did the ...
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Can a Catholic hold the position that some homosexual priests should be punished by the death penalty?

In his Book of Gomorrah, the Doctor of the Church St. Peter Damian notes the severe penalties historically attached to such offenses in the Scriptures as well as the canons of Church councils, and ...
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What was Calvin's view of capital punishment?

According to a variety of sources, Calvin supported capital punishment in some instances. As listed here, between 1562 and 1563, the following executions were carried out in "Calvin's Geneva": ...
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Did Pope Francis declare that according to the teaching of the Catholic Church capital punishment is intrinsically evil?

Did Pope Francis declare that according to the teaching of the Catholic Church capital punishment is intrisically evil? The straight answer is NO. Did Pope Francis indeed declare the capital ...
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What is Catholic Church's view on capital punishment?

As of August 2018, the Church teaches that "the death penalty is inadmissible" and should be abolished worldwide Pope Francis announced on August 2, 2018 that number 2267 of the Catechism of ...
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What is Catholic Church's view on capital punishment?

The online version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church had at the end of May 2018... Capital Punishment 2266 The State's effort to contain the spread of behaviors injurious to human rights ...
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Was Augustine opposed to the death penalty?

Henry Chadwick translates the relevant passage: A man enjoying a reputation for eloquence takes his position before a human judge with a crowd of men standing round and attacks his opponent with ...
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What is the Catholic view of separation of church and state in terms of war and application of the death penalty?

St. Thomas Aquinas's view on "Whether heretics ought to be tolerated?" St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica II-II q. 11 a. 3 c., his answer to the question "Whether heretics ought to be tolerated?," ...
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Why was neither David nor Solomon stoned to death?

It's interesting that in the case of David, he was actually stoned for being a murderer - it just happened a fair bit after the event and wasn't a successful execution because only one guy got in on ...
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What level of assent does the 2018 teaching on capital punishment require of Catholics?

The new wording of the Catechism, as approved by Pope Francis, does not quite require Catholics to disapprove of the death penalty in all circumstances. Was the Pope’s decision to revise the ...
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Who was the first person condemned to death by a Christian bishop?

If a bishop ever publically ordered the execution of someone it would somehow probably be in connection to the inquisition. However most inquisitors were Dominicans (or Franciscans to a lesser degree)...
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Can a Catholic hold the position that some homosexual priests should be punished by the death penalty?

Can a Catholic hold the position that some sodomite priests should be punished by the death penalty? One could imagine that this would go the same for pedophile priests! What a wonderful can of ...
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What is the Catholic Church's historical position on capital punishment: how did we get here?

I'm focusing on the question why the opinion of the church changed in the past, not the "historic landmarks" (single events) that lead there. I'd like to look on two periods in time: Before AD 313 (...
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According to Roman Catholicism, can the death penalty for heresy be squared with any New Testament teaching?

The sin of spreading heresy (and not merely assenting to heresy) is a species of scandal, because it leads the faithful into error regarding the faith. Scandal generally can be considered to be a ...
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The role of monks and their appellation in 18th century?

The role of monks and their appellation in 18th century? Technically speaking Dominicans are clerical canons and are called friars and not monks. They live in convents and not monasteries. Typical ...
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What is the new understanding that emerged about the death penalty that recently entered the Catechism?

The strange thing about death penalty is that there is no uniformity across the nations on the crimes to which it is applicable, level of the court which is competent to award it, different ...
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Do any Church Fathers comment on the merciful Nature of Stoning (Catholicism)?

Do any Church Fathers comment on the merciful nature of stoning (Catholicism)? The short answer seems to be no. No Church Father seems to have written on the subject of the merciful nature of stoning....
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Death Penalty 2018 - Pope Francis vs Trent?

It would seem that there is no contradiction between the Council of Trent and Pope Francis regarding the death penalty. On the one hand, there is the acknowledgement that the State is the agent of ...
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What is the New Testament basis for capital punishment?

John Frame, in The Doctrine of the Christian Life (page 702), cites two New Testament passages to defend the practice of capital punishment. The first, Romans 13, has already been addressed by ...
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How did John Calvin reconcile killing followers of opposing religious views with the New Testament?

See this article (A Recipe for Intolerance: A Study of the Reasons Behind John Calvin's Approval of Punishment for Heresy) for one researcher's opinion. The gist is that: 1) Calvin generally agreed ...
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Is it biblical to burn the heretics?

Although the Church was morally responsible for burning heretics, technically it was not the Church that actually burned them; it was the state, after the Church had condemned the person. The most ...
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Is it a sin or forbidden to follow any of the parts of the Law of Moses?

Matthew 5:17 states that we still need the law---- 17 Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their ...
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