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Why is the Catholic Church against the death penalty? This second edition of Brugger’s classic work Capital Punishment and Roman Catholic Moral Tradition traces the doctrinal path the Church has taken over the centuries to its present position as the world’s largest and most outspoken opponent of capital punishment. The pontificate of John Paul II marked a watershed in Catholic thinking. The pope taught that the death penalty is and can only be rightly assessed as a form of self-defense. But what does this mean? What are its implications for the Church’s traditional retribution-based model of lethal punishment? How does it square with what the Church has historically taught? Brugger argues that the implications of this historic turn have yet to be fully understood. In his new preface, Brugger examines the contribution of the great Polish pope’s closest collaborator and successor in the Chair of Peter, Pope Benedict XVI, to Catholic thinking on the death penalty. He argues that Pope Benedict maintained the doctrinal status quo of his predecessor’s teaching on capital punishment as self-defense, with detectable points of reluctance to draw attention to nontraditional implications of that teaching.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface to the Second Edition (2014): The Church and Capital Punishment since the Death of John Paul II
  2. pp. ix-xxx
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xxxi-xxxii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Part I: Sorting Out the Issues
  2. pp. 7-8
  1. Chapter 1: The Present Teaching of the Magisterium
  2. pp. 9-37
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  1. Chapter 2: The Justification of Punishment
  2. pp. 38-56
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  1. Part II: The History of the Church’s Teaching
  2. pp. 57-58
  1. Chapter 3: The Death Penalty and Scripture
  2. pp. 59-73
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  1. Chapter 4: The Patristic Consensus
  2. pp. 74-95
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  1. Chapter 5: The Medieval Testimony
  2. pp. 96-112
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  1. Chapter 6: Sixteenth Century to the Present
  2. pp. 113-138
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  1. Part III: Rethinking the Church’s Traditional Notion of Justifiable Homicide
  2. pp. 139-140
  1. Chapter 7: Capital Punishment and the Development of Doctrine
  2. pp. 141-163
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  1. Chapter 8: Toward an Ethical Judgment that Capital Punishment Is Intrinsically Wrong
  2. pp. 164-190
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 191-250
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 251-270
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  1. Index of Authors
  2. pp. 271-274
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  1. Index of Subjects
  2. pp. 275-282
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  1. About the Author, Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268075972
Related ISBN
9780268022419
MARC Record
OCLC
891121403
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2014-09-26
Language
English
Open Access
No
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