Kentucky bishop weighs in on Catholic public officials and the death penalty
January 19, 2021
CWN Editor's Note: Bishop John Stowe of Lexington tweeted, “If the USCCB needs a commission to relate to the new Catholic president, what about relations with the previous Catholic AG or Catholic members of SCOTUS? The recent federal executions raise such questions.”The above note supplements, highlights, or corrects details in the original source (link above). About CWN news coverage.
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Posted by: Randal Mandock -
Jan. 19, 2021 9:06 AM ET USA
Dr. Mirus answered Bishop Stowe's question in Art. 4 of his magisterial commentary: "Confusion between Francis the Man and Francis the Vicar of Christ." It was not Francis the pope who misguidedly presumed to rewrite the 2-millennial Magisterial guidance of the Church, but rather Francis the man. There can be and are rare instances where execution by legitimate authority is "what God himself is asking" (AL 303). Regardless of human rhetoric, defense of innocent human life is intrinsically good.