passion and homicide …

… Homicide can be considered justifiable homicide if it is committed in self defense, the defense of others, while trying to prevent of serious crime, and in the line of duty.

Crimes of passion, in which death results from the “heat of the moment,” is now considered a part of the defense of “provocation” against a charge of murder.

How many of us would kill Bin Laden if given the chance, or would have shot Hilter or Idi Amin… men responsible for killing thousands and thousands of people.

Compare the death toll of those dictatorships to that of abortion.

What becomes a justifiable action and at what point?

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06692448528819277158 Mark Scott Abeln

    You have to look at the Just War Doctrine, formulated by Saint Augustine. Here it is in the Catechism: Paragraph 2309.In particular, the last two articles:- there must be serious prospects of success;- the use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated. The power of modem means of destruction weighs very heavily in evaluating this condition.Defending the unborn by via violence is not likely to succeed. The pro-aborts will likely support abortion by all means possible.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06692448528819277158 Mark Scott Abeln

    Crimes of Passion – I think – are a very old defense reducing the severity of criminal penalties.In moral theology, the state of mind of a sinner can reduce the severity of a sin.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06117353945124506952 The Crescat

    "the use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated"interesting. would not a "doctor" who murdered thousands of infants late in their terms of gestation fit into this thinking? who then becomes the martyr? the killed, or the killer who is then convicted for elimating a evil?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06117353945124506952 The Crescat

    I am always in defense of protecting innocent life… the key here is "innoncent".

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16529507043825979985 P

    "the use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated"interesting. would not a "doctor" who murdered thousands of infants late in their terms of gestation fit into this thinking? No, because the "doctor," made in the image and likeness of God, remains ontologically good, regardless of how many sins he commits. Even Satan, as such, is good. He is just a bad at being an angel, as an abortionist is bad at being a man.So the evil to be eliminated would have to be the abortions themselves. Would killing an abortionist prevent even a single woman from getting an abortion? It is fairly doubtful.So on the one hand you have willful murder; infamy brought to the pro-life movement, the Church, and Christ himself; scandalization of those undecided with regard to the sanctity of human life who would be more likely to view the truth with suspicion; the hindrance of social reign of Christ the King as politicians scatter to avoid being associated with "extremists," etc.And on the other hand you have some pregnant women who might have to reschedule the murder of their children, along with the possibility that maybe, maybe some might reconsider.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06117353945124506952 The Crescat

    excellent point here : "So the evil to be eliminated would have to be the abortions themselves. Would killing an abortionist prevent even a single woman from getting an abortion? It is fairly doubtful."The only place I might disagree your reply would be here: "No, because the "doctor," made in the image and likeness of God, remains ontologically good, regardless of how many sins he commits."Mainly because it doesn't outweight the goodness of the unborn, also made in the likeness of God. That… and I am not convinced there is salvation outside the Church. Unless said "doctor" was Catholic he remains a child of God, yes, but not part of His kingdom. I'm horrible, I know.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06117353945124506952 The Crescat

    … adding a "unless said "doctot" was Catholic and IN GOOD STANDING with the Church…"

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10826907710570316952 Richard Collins

    MSA, St Thomas Aquinas, surely?


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