Rachel: The topic we are going to discuss is the death penalty. The reason we chose to do the death penalty for our current events presentation is because it has been talked about in the news lately and is an important topic to discuss.
Emily: The first article we chose is “Death penalty is 'contrary to the Gospel,' Pope says”. This article is about the Catechism discussion about the death penalty talked about by Pope Francis ( already discussed by St. John Paul II), which should be more explicitly against capital punishment.
Rachel: Pope Francis believes that the capital punishment, “heavily wounds Human dignity” and is an “inhuman measure”. The Catechism discussion is about how the death penalty itself is a contrary to the Gospel, because a decision is freely made to end a human life, which is sacred in the eyes of God, only God can be the true judge of one's mistake. The death penalty, not only kills a human life, it ruins the possibility of the person to recognizing his or her errors. It does not allow for the forgiveness of sin and will not allow for a better life.
Emily: Pope Francis says that “church's position on the death penalty, is one example of how church teaching is not static, but grows and deepens along with a growth in faith and in response to modern questions and concerns”. Pope Francis is saying that, we don’t have to make a conclusion right away about someone/something, instead understand the situation using faith and belief.
Rachel: In the past, when people could not defend society against serious crime and when "social maturity" was lacking, he said, people agreed with the death penalty as "a logical consequence of the application of justice". In fact, he said, the church itself believed that, and the death penalty was a possible punishment. It was only in 1969 that Pope Paul VI(6) formally banned the death penalty, even though it had not been imposed since 1870. Pope Paul did this because he strongly believed that it was against the catholic church's teachings.
Emily: Overall, the Christian faith, has always insisted on the dignity of human life from the moment of birth to natural death. So, the church has a continuing obligation to speak out when it realizes something was accepted in the past actually goes against the church’s teachings. Therefore, it is necessary to repeat that, no matter how serious the crime committed, the death penalty is unacceptable, because it attacks the dignity of the person.
Rachel: Now we have our three questions. The first one is, “Do you believe the death penalty is acceptable, why or why not?”
Emily: Do you believe that there are situations where the death penalty is necessary, give an example of the situation.
Rachel: Do you believe the Death Penalty helps the society? Explain why or why not?
Emily: In late 2016, the US went through a major change. They had a new president, Donald Trump, and the leading party changed as well. This meant that laws and taxes and many other things...