“Naturally, a society that denies there is any future life and supposes there is a fundamental right to happiness in this world, must reject the death penalty as an injustice depriving man of his capacity to be happy. Paradoxically, those who oppose capital punishment on these grounds are assuming the state has a sort of totalitarian capacity which it does not in fact possess, a power to frustrate the whole of one’s existence. [n. 5:] Sister Angela Corradi … was therefore mistaken when she said … that prison could be an occasion for ‘finally crushing’ someone. Our religion teaches us that it is impossible for one man [or the state] to crush another finally.”
— Romano Amerio, Iota Unum (1996), p. 431.