I was reading this article from Catholic World News and was wondering what the actual position of the Catholic Church was regarding capital punishment. It is my understanding that "Thou shalt not kill" refers to all situations other than self defense.
The article talks about the Church's position in regards to Saddam Hussein's execution. I keep thinking that lifetime prison would serve the purpose of keeping people safe from a murderer and in that case capital punishment is only revenge and isn't revenge against Christian principles? I'm saying this because I know that many devout Catholics and Christians in general are pro c.p. It just doesn't make sense to me.
That video of SH's execution which is everywhere on the web is just painful to watch. It kind of reminds me of the executions of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu, Romania's former Communist president, and his wife. I can't help thinking that if they lived until God decided to end their life they would have had a chance to repent. Doesn't it say in the Bible that even the biggest sinner can hope for the happiness of Heaven if he repents and accepts God (or something to that respect). By ending the sinner's life early you basically take away that possibility from him.
Just my two cents.