Monthly Archives: April 2010


 

by on April 28th, 2010

In a first-time feature, the editors of Public Discourse respond to the editors of Commonweal.

by on April 27th, 2010

We should prefer natural law thinking to utilitarianism -- here's why.

by on April 23rd, 2010

Americans know how to talk of progress in terms of consumer goods, individual liberties, and power over nature, but have no use for the language of communal health and the idea of discipline. Wendell Berry provides a way forward.

by on April 20th, 2010

Promoting a sexually permissive pop-culture in the Muslim world gets the true foundations of ordered liberty wrong. In defining our ideals by rejecting our enemy’s, we go from one extreme to another, and miss the virtuous mean.

by on April 16th, 2010

America’s abortion laws may inspire a dangerous provision in Kenya’s new constitution.

by on April 13th, 2010

Andrew Koppelman’s claim that red states and the religious right increase abortions doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.

by on April 9th, 2010

Biological reductionism doesn’t disprove the notion of free will.

by on April 6th, 2010

A new book warns against the political consequences of abusing language.

In Depth: Capital Punishment

On August 2, 2018, Pope Francis announced an update to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, making a prohibition on the death penalty official Catholic teaching. Prior to this change, many scholars believed that the historic teaching of the Church did not declare capital punishment intrinsically immoral, even if the practice is, as a matter of prudence, not required in countries with modern prison systems that can safely isolate dangerous criminals. Other scholars argued that the natural law duty to respect all human life does in fact render any intentional taking of human life morally unacceptable, and that this development of doctrine does not contradict any infallible teaching. The articles below lay out this debate, with clear summaries of the arguments on both sides.



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