As I have noted previously, there is the actual teaching of the Church on the death penalty, and then there are two basic ways of trying to distort and ignore it. Progressives try to say that the DP is just as immoral as abortion. Meanwhile, reactionaries try lots of different strategies to blow off the Church’s teaching and plead for death penalty maximalism. In the course of doing so, they make lots of incredibly bad arguments (see the link). However, at the time I wrote the above, I had not run across this particular embarrassing act of intellectual prostitution:
A lot of jails and prisons in the US are barbaric. Death would be preferred by just about anyone entering them. These liberals think they have a clean conscience but the murder, gang rape and other acts of savagery against inmates is something I could never sentence anyone to. I would have no problem sentencing a first degree murderer to death at all. I would never want to be responsible for knowing a prisoner would face grave acts of torture, humiliation, rape murdered or even sentenced to a life as a sex slave. If this is Catholic Mercy, you can keep it. I prefer Catholic Justice.