Monday, October 28, 2019

Sunday Sermon, October 27th -- Life Issues, In Defense of the Death Penalty with pre-sermon note on the Amazon Synod (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

[Pre-sermon note on the final document of the Amazon Synod in which the bishops gathered there request married priests. This would be disastrous for the Church, and is a directly linked to the allowance of married permanent deacons. Further, the bishops ask that additional consideration be given to the idea of ordaining woman as deacons - something that is a theological impossibility.]

"Whosever shall shed man's blood, his blood shall be shed. For man was made to the image of God." (Genesis 9:6)

It is an unchangeable doctrine of the Church that the death penalty is inherently licit. However, Pope Francis and the US Bishops have made the prudential judgment that it is not admissible on a practical level in the world today.

We discuss the many faulty arguments against the death penalty -- for, it is not inherently contrary to human dignity, it does not take away an individual's opportunity for repentance, and it is not reasonable to incarcerate a person for life in prison. However, we agree with Pope Francis and the Bishops that, because we are living in a post-Christian world, it would be wise for Catholics to oppose the death penalty.

Listen online [here]!


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