November 2, 2011
If the Church must be consistent regarding the value of life from the very conception to a natural death, the use of the death penalty is something that the Church should be against in our own day and age. Unfortunately, human nature tends to seek revenge. The Old Testament principle, an eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth, still pervades in the mentality of many. The teaching of Jesus, however, overrides that principle when He tells us that we must love our enemies. He does not say that we cannot correct our enemies, or keep them from harming us. But love for life and the foundation of life should be a characteristic of us as Catholics.