Capital Punishment and Roman Catholic Moral Tradition Paperback

by E. Christian Brugger;


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Capital Punishment and Roman Catholic Moral Tradition

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Why is the Catholic Church against the death penalty? This second edition of Brugger's classic work Capital Punishment and Roman Catholic Moral Tradition traces the doctrinal path the Church has taken over the centuries to its present position as the world's largest and most outspoken opponent of capital punishment. The pontificate of John Paul II marked a watershed in Catholic thinking. The pope taught that the death penalty is and can only be rightly assessed as a form of self-defence. But what does this mean? What are its implications for the Church's traditional retribution-based model of lethal punishment? How does it square with what the Church has historically taught? Brugger argues that the implications of this historic turn have yet to be fully understood.

In his new preface, Brugger examines the contribution of the great Polish pope's closest collaborator and successor in the Chair of Peter, Pope Benedict XVI, to catholic thinking on the death penalty. He argues that Pope Benedict maintained the doctrinal status quo of his predecessor's teaching on capital punishment as self-defence, with detectable points of reluctance to draw attention to non-traditional implications of that teaching.

Capital Punishment and Roman Catholic Moral Tradition by E. Christian Brugger was published by University of Notre Dame Press in August 2014. The ISBN for Capital Punishment and Roman Catholic Moral Tradition is 9780268022419.

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Page last updated 22nd November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherUniversity of Notre Dame Press (August 2014)
Edition2nd Revised edition
Weight431g
Number of Pages320
Thickness23 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9780268022419
ISBN-100268022410
Product Code4305486
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