The Death Penalty and Catholics
All criminals should be held responsible for their wrong doings. If a criminal is found guilty of a crime, they should have to pay for their actions. No matter how atrocious the crime is, a human being should not have to pay with his or her life. Yes, it is true that people do commit horrible crimes but to kill a person for their immoral behavior is not just. Some people may think that capital punishment is justifiable but all it is is revenge. Instead of killing the person we should lock them up behind bars, where they are away from the general population. Offer the person counseling so that they can become a healthier person both mentally and spiritually. To just kill someone for their actions does not solve ...view middle of the document...
In Exodus 21, God commanded capital punishment for murderers. The consequences were harsh to prevent people from doing wrong. On the Sermon on the Mount Jesus is calling us to love our enemies and turn the other cheek. The New Testament reverses the old ways of thought.
An early Christian writer St. Clement of Rome spoke heavily against capital punishment. He said that "to witness a man's execution, regardless of the justice of his prosecution, is forbidden by the moral law of Christ." A man maybe dangerous and even a threat to the community, but there is no reason for death. Penitentiary systems, allow dangerous individuals to be separated from the community in a more controlled environment.
Today, the Roman Catholic Church opposes capital punishment. The Old Testament teaches that God implemented the death penalty. The New Testament doesn't excuse violence or personal retribution, but it does not make a direct reference to the death penalty. There is no New Testament passage which says capital punishment is wrong or right.
The death penalty is a very controversial issue. No matter what we do in our lives The Bible should be the core of our beliefs and actions. I reject capital punishment based on the morality of the situation, no one should be killed it is against the Ten Commandments. Criminals are very bad people, but these people need our help the most. They are very troubled people and need the help of professionals, to just kill them would not help them at all. Jesus says to us “treat people the same way you would want them to treat you”, if you are sick you would want help. This is what we need to offer the criminals in our country instead of electrocuting them in the electric chair or killing them with lethal injection.