Wednesday, August 8, 2018
August 12, 2018-Sunday Bulletin-Saint Patrick Catholic Parish
Saint Patrick Catholic Parish
Sunday, August 12, 2018 — Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
THE DEATH PENALTY IS AGAINST CATHOLIC DOCTRINE
Last week, Church teaching on capital punishment was reformulated in the Catechism. Whereas before, the Catechism stated that the Church tolerated capital punishment in certain cases, the reformulation of this moral teaching clarifies what St. John Paul II had affirmed: “Not even a murderer loses his personal dignity, and God himself pledges to guarantee this.”
St. John Paul II also taught that, “A sign of hope is the increasing recognition that the dignity of human life must never be taken away, even in the case of someone who has done great evil. Modern society has the means of protecting itself, without definitively denying criminals the chance to reform.”
Along the same line, Pope Benedict XVI recalled “the attention of society’s leaders to the need to make every effort to eliminate the death penalty.” Therefore, it is no surprise that Pope Francis has reaffirmed the position of his predecessors, and asked for a revision of the formulation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to reflect the position of the Church on the death penalty.
The Catechism now teaches the death penalty is inadmissible, and that the Church is called to work for its abolition worldwide. Given that California still practices capital punishment, as Catholics, we have some work to do.
God bless, Fr. Carlos, O.S.A.
We, the church of Saint Patrick, in the community of North Park,
of the Roman Catholic Diocese and City of San Diego,
declare this to be our primary mission:
to come together to celebrate the Eucharist,
hear God’s word proclaimed,
give praise and thanksgiving to God,
and develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
We believe that by freely sharing our faith, talents, and treasures,
we discover Christ’s presence among us and bring Him to others.
We have a strong desire to give and receive love, service, peace, support,
and fellowship, within our families, our parish, our community, and the world.
Open to the power of the Holy Spirit, we pursue this mission faithfully and lovingly.