Years ago, my wife and I were at a fundraiser for a candidate who was then running for President of the United States, and I struck up a conversation with a Catholic attorney who does great work for various pro-life causes. I'll call him John. The conversation had hardly turned from small talk about family and children to pro-life matters when John made the claim, "Anyone who is pro-death penalty cannot make the claim to being pro-life because the two positions are oxymoronic."
"Oh, boy!" I thought, "Here we go!"
I pointed out to John what too many Catholics simply do not know: The death penalty has always been, and always will be, upheld as a legitimate and potentially just punishment in Catholic Tradition as well as in Scripture.
This teaching cannot change...