If I gave it as a private opinion, that is one thing, but if I were in a teaching position at a Catholic university or if I were a cleric in an exalted position, that would be something quite different.
What if I did this and I happened to be the Bishop of Rome, the Pope?
Capital Punishment is morally permissible. It is even justified in some cases. We do not need to get into a debate here about which case and when it should be used, it is simply fact.
Killing is sometimes necessary. If someone attempts to kill me or my wife or the child next door, I am morally obligated as a man to stop it, even if it means I must kill that person.This is not against the Fifth Commandment which speaks of "willful murder."
Nation states are free to choose whether capital punishment is something for their lands. Most have abolished it, certainly in the West, except for the United States, Belarus and some Caribbean island nations. The rest include China, Africa, Asia and the Middle East and mostly in Islamic countries. Frankly, I regret that in certain cases, it is not an option in Canada. We can list recent heinous murderers and rapists such as Paul Bernardo, Clifford Olson and Robert Pickton.
So just who is Pope Bergoglio lecturing here?
If we are to believe this Pope Bergoglio, then God Himself is a great violator of His own Commandments, for He ordered Israel on many occasions to kill its enemies.
I am well aware of what Pope John Paul II said about Capital Punishment, it is not the same.
This Bishop of Rome has also stated that "life in prison is like a death sentence." Presumably then, we should just let murders and rapists and sodomites who committed buggery on children should roam around after a few years under some lie of "mercy" only to do it again.
Jorge Bergoglio is free to hold any heterodox position he chooses to hold, It is his soul.
He is not free to promulgate heresy throughout the world.