...Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, said that the death penalty “is never justified as a hypothesis of legitimate defense,” in his address at a conference at the Italian parliament on “A World Without the Death Penalty.”...That happens to directly contradict the teaching of St. John Paul II.
...Saint John Paul II had taught that the only way that capital punishment could be justified was under the principle of legitimate defense. In his 1995 encyclical letter Evangelium Vitae, John Paul wrote that legitimate defense “can be not only a right but a grave duty for someone responsible for another’s life, the common good of the family or of the State.”...This has significance far beyond the question of capital punishment. Look at the quote from JPII again, and note this:
...can be not only a right but a grave duty for someone responsible for another’s life, the common good of the family...JPII placed the death penalty within the framework of legitimate self-defense, which includes defense of others and one's family.
One could argue that it is silly to think that Pp Francis would condemn use of deadly force in defense of self, others, or family. He could never do that, could he?
He could never allow adulterers to receive Holy Communion, either, could he?