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Ethical Topics: Capital Punishment

Capital Punishment: Background

Capital Punishment: Catholic Viewpoint

Capital Punishment: Catholic Scripture references

“Every life is a precious gift from God” Genesis 2:7, 21-23           

 “Life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth” Exodus 21:23-25, Leviticus 24:17, Deuteronomy 19:21

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the sight of everybody…Do not take revenge, my friends, be leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written, “It is mine to revenge, I will repay.” Romans 12:17-19

You have heard that is was said , “eye for eye, tooth for tooth.” But I tell you . Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek turn to him the other also.              Matthew 5:3-8

Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Matthew 26:52

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15

Capital Punishment: Other religious viewpoints

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