Religious officials (like the Pope and others) who oppose capital punishment—the just practice of taking the life of one who has shed the innocent blood of a human made in the image of God—appear to have overlooked several sobering truths about the lex talionis.
First, it is clearly taught in the Law God gave to Moses. Three times in the Torah the principle of mirror punishment—“life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot”—is specifically stated (Exodus 21:23-25; Leviticus 24:19-21; Deuteronomy 19:21). Therefore, it is impossible to misunderstand this without being dishonest with God’s Word.
Second, since it is in the Law God gave Moses, and since that Law is pronounced “good” (1 Timothy 1:8) and “holy” (Romans 7:12) by the inspired apostle Paul, then anyone opposing these moral and judicial provisions in the Law is not good and is not holy.
Third, since it is in the Law God gave Moses, and since every transgression and disobedience of that Law received a just reward (Hebrews 2:2), then anyone opposing this just punishment proscribed by God is not just.
According to the Scriptures and the rules of elementary logic, opponents of capital punishment are, Biblically-speaking: not honest, not good, not holy, and not just.
The sobering truths about religious officials who oppose the just punishment of criminals and/or capital punishment is:
They are dishonest.
They are evil.
They are unholy.
They are unrighteous.