A fact that is frequently blurred by media, liberal politicians, and even clergy, the Catholic Church's teaching on the death penalty is not an absolute proscription, as with abortion. Phil Lawler lauds the Boston Globe for noting this important point in the wake of the bishops' conference approving a new statement denouncing capital punishment in the U.S. Bishop DiMarzio of Brooklyn said that unlike teaching in areas of euthanasia or abortion, on the death penalty "people of good will can disagree."
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