Guilt by accusation suffices for anyone Washington wants convicted. Innocence is no defense. Juries are pressured to convict.
Perennial Church Teaching on the Death Penalty The Catholic acceptance of the death penalty as a legitimate means of punishment for very severe crimes is perennial. The legitimacy of capital punishment is rooted in the Old Testament, of course, which hardly needs mention, for anyone who's read even a little bit of the Old Testament knows that death was a sentence justly inflicted for certain crimes, commanded by God Himself Genesis 9: As far as the New Testament is concerned, there, too, we find an endorsement of capital punishment: For there is no power but from God: Therefore, he that resisteth the power resisteth the ordinance of God.
And they that resist purchase to themselves damnation. For princes are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good: For he is God's minister to thee, for good.
But if thou do that which is evil, fear: For he is God's minister: That is pretty straightforward. In addition, we do well to recall that "the wages of sin is death" Romans 6: Remember that the words of Holy Scripture are divinely inspired.
Paul had thought capital punishment to be incompatible with the Gospel, he would hardly have written these lines. Other Scripture passages from the New Testament that can be used to show the legitimacy of capital punishment are John Augustine wrote in the fifth century A.
The same divine law which forbids the killing of a human being allows certain exceptions, as when God authorizes killing by a general law or when He gives an explicit commission to an individual for a limited time.
Since the agent of authority is but a sword in the hand, and is not responsible for the killing, it is in no way contrary to the commandment, "Thou shalt not kill" to wage war at God's bidding, or for the representatives of the State's authority to put criminals to death, according to law or the rule of rational justice.
Of course, the Angelic Doctor, St. On the question of whether it is lawful to kill a sinner, he responded as follows, first giving three objections to the Catholic view, then giving and explaining the Catholic view, and then refuting the specific objections given at the beginning: It would seem unlawful to kill men who have sinned.
For our Lord in the parable Mt. Now whatever is forbidden by God is a sin. Therefore it is a sin to kill a sinner. Further, human justice is conformed to Divine justice.
Now according to Divine justice sinners are kept back for repentance, according to Ezech. Further, it is not lawful, for any good end whatever, to do that which is evil in itself, according to Augustine Contra Mendac.
Now to kill a man is evil in itself, since we are bound to have charity towards all men, and "we wish our friends to live and to exist," according to Ethic. Therefore it is nowise lawful to kill a man who has sinned.
On the contrary, It is written Ex. Now every part is directed to the whole, as imperfect to perfect, wherefore every part is naturally for the sake of the whole.
For this reason we observe that if the health of the whole body demands the excision of a member, through its being decayed or infectious to the other members, it will be both praiseworthy and advantageous to have it cut away.
Now every individual person is compared to the whole community, as part to whole. Therefore if a man be dangerous and infectious to the community, on account of some sin, it is praiseworthy and advantageous that he be killed in order to safeguard the common good, since "a little leaven corrupteth the whole lump" 1 Cor.
Reply to Objection 1. Our Lord commanded them to forbear from uprooting the cockle in order to spare the wheat, i. This occurs when the wicked cannot be slain without the good being killed with them, either because the wicked lie hidden among the good, or because they have many followers, so that they cannot be killed without danger to the good, as Augustine says Contra Parmen.
Wherefore our Lord teaches that we should rather allow the wicked to live, and that vengeance is to be delayed until the last judgment, rather than that the good be put to death together with the wicked.
When, however, the good incur no danger, but rather are protected and saved by the slaying of the wicked, then the latter may be lawfully put to death. Reply to Objection 2. According to the order of His wisdom, God sometimes slays sinners forthwith in order to deliver the good, whereas sometimes He allows them time to repent, according as He knows what is expedient for His elect.A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States Table of Contents Abbreviations Introduction: A Renewed Commitment to Adult Faith Formation.
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Dieter, Esq. Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center June It is tempting to pretend that minorities on death row share a fate in no way connected to our own, that our treatment of them sounds no echoes beyond the chambers in which they die.
Such an illusion is ultimately corrosive, for the reverberations of injustice are not so easily confined. 16 April My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities "unwise and untimely.".
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by the hon'ble dr. b. r. ambedkar m.a., ph.d., rutadeltambor.com, barrister-at-law. rutadeltambor.com The Romance of Steel A History of the Steel Industry by Herbert Newton Casson THE BIRTH OF THE BESSEMER PROCESS. On that bleak November day when Andrew Carnegie was born in a Scottish cottage, the iron and steel makers of America had no more thought of millions than of castles in Spain.
Steel sold for twenty-five cents a pound. The United States of Injustice. May 17th, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch called capital punishment for Tsarnaev "a fitting punishment." victimized by criminal injustice.