The profanity-prone president and his country’s Catholic Church are at loggerheads, mostly over Duterte’s war on drugs, which has killed more than 7,500 people in less than a year.
CHR Comment: The pastoral letter from the bishops’ conference opposes the war on drugs as a reign of terror and opposes use of the death penalty. The Philippines are 80% Roman Catholic.
Source: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Has A New Adversary — The Church : Parallels : NPR
Roman Catholics, Latino and African American Evangelicals share a common opposition to capital punishment. White Evangelicals are key religious supporters of capital punishment, which remains legal in 32 states. In tension would be biblical teaching on the topic, which clearly supports capital punishment (e.g., Paul’s comments about the sword in Romans 10 and numerous laws in the Books of Moses), and issues of justice since bias and legal processes have been proven to be unfair in some cases. It is worth noting that St. Paul himself died from capital punishment. According to tradition, he was beheaded under the emperor Nero.
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