Monday, October 1, 2007

Ron Paul & The Death Penalty

Nowadays, in America as elsewhere in the world, a model of society appears to be emerging in which the powerful predominate, setting aside and even eliminating the powerless: I am thinking here of unborn children, helpless victims of abortion; the elderly and incurably ill, subjected at times to euthanasia; and the many other people relegated to the margins of society by consumerism and materialism. Nor can I fail to mention the unnecessary recourse to the death penalty when other "bloodless means are sufficient to defend human lives against an aggressor and to protect public order and the safety of persons. Today, given the means at the State's disposal to deal with crime and control those who commit it, without abandoning all hope of their redemption, the cases where it is absolutely necessary to do away with an offender 'are now very rare, even non-existent practically'". (Pope John Paul II, Ecclesia in America January 1999)

Ron Paul, the most consistently principled politician living today has changed one of his positions. That position is on the Death Penalty.

Ron Paul has studied the issue very carefully and now his position is for the abolition of the Federal Death Penalty altogether. He gives his reasons at the All-American Forum debate hosted by PBS on September 27th.

This is just one more public policy position of Ron Paul that is in deep harmony with Catholic Social Teaching.

Go Ron Paul!