Monday, August 04, 2003

Does this change Bill's mind?

Via TalkLeft I see that the painless nature of lethal injection is being challenged. This makes me wonder: Is it painful enough to change William Pryor's mind about it? The former Alabama Attorney General fought efforts to discontinue the electric chair's use in his state, despite the fact that those executed were often burned quite badly.

Remember, Rick Santorum said yesterday that Pryor was being opposed by Democrats because he was "a Catholic who subscribes to the Catholic teaching" and a "deeply faithful Catholic." That's weird because, in my copy of the Catechism, I read this:

Assuming that the guilty party's identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.

If, however, non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people's safety from the aggressor, authority will limit itself to such means, as these are more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and more in conformity to the dignity of the human person.

Today, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offense incapable of doing harm - without definitely taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself - the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity "are very rare, if not practically nonexistent."

Hell, Santorum himself supported Bush's war in Iraq, even though the Vatican opposed it. Could it be that he felt a need to separate his service to the state from his service to the church?


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