The appalling images and stories from Saddam Hussein's execution chamber in Baghdad was irrefutable proof that execution dehumanises not just its victims but its perpetrators. The Catholic Church opposed the execution of Saddam Hussein on principle. The Church says that while capital punishment was once justified to preserve the common good, that is no longer true. This is not yet a powerful enough argument to swing opinion in the US, even among Catholics, whose pro-life inclinations are somewhat selectively applied.
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