Legit Defense Death Penalty and the Fifth Commandment About this Life Night Although pretty well understood, the Fifth Commandment encompasses issues like the death penalty that can be very tough to navigate. This night will require many hours of preparation and prayer. This night will not only challenge your teens’ perspectives, but also challenge Core Members and parents. Be ready to have a follow-up discussion after the night concludes. This Life Night begins with a light-hearted small group game to help get the teens talking to one another. After the game, the teaching will discuss the issues of self-defense, the death penalty, and the limits of science and health on human body testing. From the teaching, the whole group will discuss these issues together in a large group setting. The night will close by praying for those who are imprisoned, on death row, and victims of crimes, as well as for the protection of all human life. Goal of This Night The goal for this Life Night is to help the teens understand the Fifth Commandment as it relates to the death penalty and self-defense. This night will also challenge the teens to see that every life, no matter what someone did, has dignity because every person is created in God’s image and likeness. Catechism # 2263 - 2267 # 2302 - 2306 Scripture Genesis 4:8 -12 Exodus 20:13 Joshua 6:18 -19 John 19:10 -11 Key Concepts As Catholics, we believe in the sanctity of life, from conception to natural death. The Church, in CCC 2267, allows for independent states to utilize the death penalty in extreme cases. End of Free Preview Thanks for reviewing this Life Night! If you would like the full version of this resource please sign in. If you are signed in and still can't download this resource, please contact parish support in the chat below.