While the Vatican, as per usual, is compelled about solving vital problems of mankind such as the abolition of the Limbo, a lesser importance is given by the media about the coherency of the Catholic Church in respecting the principle that only God, the donor of life, can take back this gift. If the Holy Seat is firm in labelling abortions and euthanasia as murders and capital sins, a much more flexible approach is used as State homicide is concerned. On the Catechism of the Catholic Church, at n° 2267 one can clearly read «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. »
The postulate is illogic per se because once an aggressor is under control of the authority, people are not in danger anymore, so non-lethal means are sufficient to deal with the criminal, and it makes no sense to keep on looking for excuses like defending and protecting people’s safety for legitimating a killing!
Even affirming that today «the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity “are very rare, if not practically nonexistent.”» is not a sufficient explanation for neglecting or tackling Christ’s teachings. But, if this is the paradigmatic approach, it is not possible to exclude that somebody within the Vatican might consider homicide “the only possible way of defending” Vatican interests. Funnily enough, both David Yallop, with his “In God’s name”, and Luis Miguel Rocha (“The death of the Pope”) found within the Church teachings the solid legitimacies for their hypothesis of the killing of Pope John Paul 1, Albino Luciani.
Well, I think somebody in the Vatican (possibly of the I.O.R.) better takes a look at the teachings of a wise guy called Jesus from Nazareth, son of a Jewish carpenter…