Saint Thomas Aquinas

Friday, December 9, 2011

A Traditional Catholic Understanding of Punishment

You have heard me say before that many in the Church hierarchy today are attempting to redefine moral theology to suit their modernist agendas. An assault is being waged against the natural law today within the Church, and the subject of legitimate punishment legislated by the state is often maligned and intentionally misconstrued by many in the Church today. Below is an excerpt from a Thomistic moral theology book published in 1895 by Rev. Charles Coppens, S.J., and the work is titled 'A Brief Textbook of Moral Philosophy'. Notice here how the Church had clearly defined punishment, and the primary and secondary reasons for it. Next observe how the Church understood capital punishment in regard to human dignity. It is clear that many of the bishops today do not have a clear understanding of the topic at hand or we would not see the misguided opposition to the death penalty that we see today by the bishops. Take a look below to familiarize yourself with how the Church up until recent times viewed punishment and the death penalty.

From 'A Brief Textbook of Moral Philosophy'










2 comments:

bill bannon said...

You are seeing the beginning of an error in the non infallible area of the ordinary papal magisterium and it has widespread force because all Church office holders and Professors of Theology and Philosophy in Catholic schools must now take the profession of faith whose last paragraph
swears them into giving religious submission of mind and will to the non definitive.
But that is precisely why errors of the past like the burning of heretics (supported in writing/ Exsurge Domine/ art.33 "against the Catholic faith"/1520A.D.)....lasted six hundred years in reality but 700 years in canon law. I thinking burning heretics wrong inter alia because Christ twice praised Samaritan actions while not mentioning their
heretical rejection of the prophets post Pentateuch. Ergo by ignoring scripture and Christ's example, the Church burned people who now lend us their rake in Autumn....or help us jump our car battery.
In my view the usury error lasted so long because again we ignored another scripture....in this case Deuteronomy 23:21 "You may demand interest of a foreigner...". Implicitly that scripture rejects Aristotle's view that money is barren which Aquinas bought wholesale and ends up in Vix Pervenit (I know the extrinsic titles circumvention basically for the upper classes).
With the death penalty once again you are seeing two Popes void Rom.13:4 and Genesis 9:6 and the result will be another error lasting centuries. Unforetunately inmates in non death penalty states will sporadically pay for this error with their lives since murder within prison is a "free kill"....the already lifer murderer cannot be punished with death. Just as Protestants died due to the burning heretics error, so also will inmates be murdered due in part to this error. Two Popes who failed to protect Catholic young people from 1979 til 2002 are not the people who even be involved with penology questions.
You are seeing the inception of one more long perduring ordinary papal error and thanks to the profession of faith, you will not stop this ship of foolery in your lifetime.
And Catholic authors will not help you because their book sales would sink like a stone once they criticize even the non definitive issues that Popes have opined on. This area is why Arnold Toynbee admired us but rightly noted we had aspects of an arrested culture....the mimetic element...the simon says element. No official Catholic persons can help you because their incomes and/ or careers can suffer if they do.

Unknown said...

There is about as much support in Scripture, Tradition, and the writings of the Magesterium for all-out pacifism as there is for a severe rejection on the death penalty. It is as if the Pope had declared that all war is contrary to a genuinely "pro-life" outlook, jettisoning centuries of just war theory on the dubious basis that international institutions had, in his considered judgment, acquired unnamed and invisible powers to render the nations of the earth no threat to each other.