12-September-2012 -- Catholic World News Brief |

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Archbishop Chaput: death penalty 'should have no place in our public life'

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia discussed capital punishment in his most recent weekly column.

"Both Scripture and Catholic tradition support the legitimacy of the death penalty under certain limited conditions," he wrote. "But the Church has repeatedly called us to a higher road over the past five decades."

"We don't need to kill people to protect society or punish the guilty," he added. "And we should never be eager to take anyone's life. As a result, except in the most extreme circumstances, capital punishment cannot be justified. In developed countries like our own, it should have no place in our public life."



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