Regis College Senior Honors Program
Thesis - Open Access
Number of Pages
In April 2009, after baptism, confirmation, and twenty years as a Missouri Synod Lutheran, William Gohl entered the Roman Catholic Church. His reasons for doing so were manifold, but included an attraction to a sense of community in the Mass and the various mysteries of sacramentality, among other things. His time at Regis University sparked an interest in further exploring the topic of capital punishment and contemplating some of the most difficult moral questions it raises facing American society today. This Senior Honors Thesis discusses a novice Catholic and aspiring attorney's study of the Church's teaching on capital punishment and the manner in which the teaching is applied today in the United States. Gohl believes that human life, and the pursuit of the best means of defending and preserving human life, are well worth the effort.
Date of Award
© William Gohl
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Gohl, William, "From Augustine to Scalia: Catholic Thought and Capital Jurisprudence in the United States" (2010). Student Publications. 493.