The whole world's attention was riveted Friday and Saturday on the news -- and then images -- of the execution of Saddam Hussein.
I was at a party of fellow rightwingers, and someone raised a glass in toast. I chose not to join that gesture, although I share the celebration of justice being done on a murderous tyrant, I can't celebrate anyone's death.
There has followed, of course, a debate about the propriety of the death penalty, and we know the Vatican issued a statement deploring it.
All that said, it occurs to me this situation may well fit the circumstances in which Catholic teaching considers the death penalty a legitimate option.
I had more to say, but then I saw Publius at Res Publica et Cetera already said it.