BY MAN SHALL HIS BLOOD BE SHED - A CATHOLIC Defense of CAPITAL PUNISHMENTPaperback. 420 pages.
— Edward Feser and Joseph M. Bessette
Drawing upon a wealth of philosphical and social scientific arguments, authors Edward Feser and Joseph Bessette explain the perennial teaching of the Church that capital punishment can be legitimate, not only to protect society from immediate physical danger but also to administer retributive justice and deter capital crimes. Catholics may, in good conscience, disagree about the application of the death penalty. This book challenges Catholics to engage with Scripture, Tradition, natural law and social science in debating about the death penalty.