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Capital Punishment

Because capital punishment reduces the time available to the criminal for repentance, it has generally been viewed with disfavour by the Orthodox Church. In many Orthodox states even in (or indeed especially even in) early times capital punishment was, if not entirely abolished, then greatly reduced in frequency. As late as the XIX Century, the Siberian exile system was to some extent a remnant of this attitude.

Norman Hugh Redingotn


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