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Fratelli Tutti 272: The Ultimate Foundation

Today, the Holy Father discusses the Ultimate Foiundation: 272. As believers, we are convinced that, without an openness to the Father of all, there will be no solid and stable reasons for an appeal to fraternity. We are certain that … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 271: Religions At The Service Of Fraternity In Our World

A shirt final eighth chapter looks at Religions at the Service of Fraternity in our World. Pope Francis suggests that the commonality of the varieties of religious belief is that human beings are part of the family of God. If we … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 270: Plowshares

270. I ask Christians who remain hesitant on this point, and those tempted to yield to violence in any form, to keep in mind the words of the book of Isaiah: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares” (2:4). Alas, … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 269: Human Dignity Remains

269. Let us keep in mind that “not even a murderer loses his personal dignity, and God himself pledges to guarantee this”. [Evangelium Vitae 9] The firm rejection of the death penalty shows to what extent it is possible to … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 268: Arguments Against Death

Pope Francis spoke early in his pontificate: 268. “The arguments against the death penalty are numerous and well-known. The Church has rightly called attention to several of these, such as the possibility of judicial error and the use made of … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 267: Authorities That Kill Outside The Law

The key question today: is there a way to guarantee the safety of citizens without killing criminals. In most cases the answer is yes.  267. Here I would stress that “it is impossible to imagine that states today have no … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 266: Vindictive

266. Fear and resentment can easily lead to viewing punishment in a vindictive and even cruel way, rather than as part of a process of healing and reintegration into society. Giving in to negative emotions is so much a part … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 265: Early Church Opposition To Capital Punishment

A history lesson of select commentators, starting with an advisor to the Roman emperor Constantine: 265. From the earliest centuries of the Church, some were clearly opposed to capital punishment. Lactantius, for example, held that “there ought to be no … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 264: Authority In Law

264. In the New Testament, while individuals are asked not to take justice into their own hands (cf. Rom 12:17.19), there is also a recognition of the need for authorities to impose penalties on evildoers (cf. Rom 13:4; 1 Pet 2:14). Lawlessness … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 263: The Death Penalty

Today, we begin a look at the “death penalty.” It is a difficult topic. Many Christians and others consider its targets deserving of death, and so a difficult topic to defend and advocate. But many others consider it a sign … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 262: Last Thoughts On War

262. Rules by themselves will not suffice if we continue to think that the solution to current problems is deterrence through fear or the threat of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons. Deterrence has worked somewhat during the Cold War era. … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 261: Leaving Things Worse

Some original thoughts from the Holy Father: 261. Every war leaves our world worse than it was before. War is a failure of politics and of humanity, a shameful capitulation, a stinging defeat before the forces of evil. This assessment … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 260: An Unfit Instrument

260. In the words of Saint John XXIII, “it no longer makes sense to maintain that war is a fit instrument with which to repair the violation of justice”. [Pacem in Terris] That reference is the 1963 encyclical letter, written … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 259: The Impact of Globalization on War

Pope Francis on the danger of world war in a modern world: 259. It should be added that, with increased globalization, what might appear as an immediate or practical solution for one part of the world initiates a chain of … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 258: Justifying War

A heavily footnoted paragraph. We lead off with a reference from the Catechism. It is a truth that people, even otherwise just and good people can make bad decisions, even evil ones. They can be deceived. They can deceive themselves. … Continue reading

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