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What does the Catholic Church think about cops and soldiers killing criminals?

Are anti-crime organizations committing sins by killing criminals?

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wickedpissah

Let's face it, the Church has never really been a stickler about that whole "Thou shalt not kill" thing.
Crusades. Inquisition. Malleus Malificarum. Slave trade. Salem. Uganda. Dr Tiller.
I think the cops and soldiers are safe.

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"Thou shalt not murder" not, Thou shalt not kill There is a big difference.
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Gee, that's funny. I've got three different bibles sitting here on my desk (KJV, NIS, and NAS), and all three of them say "Thou shalt not kill."
None of them say "murder."
Maybe god missed that typo.
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Thou shalt not kill
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I don't think so, because they're actually saving lives then

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Well, I'm pretty sure that no one likes violence in real life.

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The catholic church believes that killing someone for reasons that are bad, (mad at someone, just felt like killing) is bad, and killing someone for your defense or the defense of others is ok, but u still killed someone. But of course if the situation was were u didn't HAVE to kill to stay safe, in my opinion, may be a little bad... Hope this answers the question

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No, they aren't doing it in cold blood.
I believe in the death penalty
I believe in Army/Law enforcement killing people for their defense and the defense of others
I am catholic.

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The Catholic Church say that if the (I'll just call police and soldiers government) government is killing someone for committing a crime, that's wrong. However, if it threatens national security then it's okay but there are extremely rare exceptions like that. One was a guy who went to prison for killing a guy and killed a guy in prison. Then he was transferred to another prison where he killed another person and said he'd keep killing people until he was killed.

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those pervs best worry about what that Damn church full of.perverts are doing right under gods nose.

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Catholic killed almost 100 million people back in the dark Ages

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Thou shall not kill, and then man added , except when your leaders tell you to, and all they had to do was write it down in a book that contained gods name, and the masses said, oh, ok.

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I'm a lifelong, Roman Catholic Christian, whose brother, Father John, is our Pastor, here at St. John Catholic Church. I tell everyone, if you want to know what the Catholic Church teaches, ask the Catholic Church. Her teaching on the Fifth Commandment (Thou shalt not kill.), is on the Pope's website at:
http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_P7Y.HTM
Briefly, the Church teaches that the deliberate killing, of any innocent human being, is gravely wrong, and must never be permitted. This applies to all, except spontaneous, abortions; to direct euthanasia, of anyone, of any age; and to any intentional killing, of any innocent person, from conception to natural death. The state, through its law enforcement, and military personnel, has the right and duty to protect and defend human life, by lethal means, from those who threaten it, if non-lethal means aren't available, or won't be sufficient. So capital punishment, even though permitted, is usually unnecessary today, because we have other ways to protect the public, and our prisoners, but there are exceptions. Police and soldiers, who kill other human beings, to keep themselves or others from being killed, or seriously injured, commit no sin, unless non-lethal force would've been enough. Actually, this applies to anyone. "I was following orders." doesn't justify any immoral act. I hope this helps to fully answer your question.
Frank

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