Monday, June 15, 2015
Writing in the June 22-29 issue of America, Daniel P. Horan, OFM proposes that church leaders give "a black-and-white answer to whether or not the death penalty is acceptable." In the spirit of the "seamless garment" approach to Christian ethics, Horan suggests, "We must affirm that either all life is sacred or no life is sacred." Horan's proposal would require a revision to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which echoes traditional church teaching by not excluding recourse to the death penalty (no. 2267). Horan also suggests that the CCC be revised to remove the qualifier "innocent" when referring to human beings: "While individuals may be guilty or innocent of a crime, all human life is sacred without qualification; there is neither innocent nor guilty life." Click here to read the entire essay.