The complicated relationship between Catholicism and the death penalty

Pope Francis

The Vatican said the change to its universal catechism, a summary of Church teaching, reflected Pope Francis' total opposition to capital punishment.

The change to the Catechism is being criticized as another departure by Francis from the Church's previous perennial teaching, in this case Scripture, Saint Thomas Aquinas and Saint Augustine, several previous popes, including Pius X and XII, and also the Council of Trent.

The update also says the Church will "work with determination" for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide.

The most important, he said, is the recognition of every person's dignity, which is never lost, even when they commit very serious crimes. "Lastly, more effective systems of detention have been developed, which ensure the due protection of citizens but, at the same time, do not definitively deprive the guilty of the possibility of redemption", the text continues.

"There is no doubt the pope wants politicians to pay attention to this", said John Gehring, the Catholic program director at Faith in Public Life, an advocacy group in Washington. He said that Pope Benedict XVI urged "the attention of society's leaders to the need to make every effort to eliminate the death penalty", and St. John Paul II said: "Not even a murderer loses his personal dignity, and God himself pledges to guarantee this". "The death penalty is a failed practice that perpetuates the cycle of violence and disproportionately targets marginalized populations, especially people of color, those living in poverty, and people suffering with mental illness".

Furthermore, in a modern "state of law, the death penalty represents a failure" because it obliges the state to kill in the name of justice, the pope had written. Despite the change in Catholic doctrine, he has made no move to stop the execution of Carey Dean Moore.

Dallas County announces first West Nile Virus death of 2018
Cover up with light-colored clothes, long sleeves and trousers when outdoors or while in areas where mosquito activity is high. In North America, that means that mosquito season - extending from the late spring through the fall - is West Nile season.

Disney Streaming Service Won't Include Pre-2019 Star Wars Films
Disney recently secured the rights to X-Men from FOX, and will have to go through AT&T for streaming rights to Star Wars . Gains in products related to the Avengers weren't enough to offset lower revenue from "Spider-Man" and "Cars".

German couple convicted for selling son online for sex
They charged several thousand euros (dollars) for each instance of abuse, filmed the acts and posted them on the dark net. The mother's partner was supposed to be banned from having contact with children following his earlier abuse conviction.

The only place in Europe where it is still legal is Belarus, which has a sizeable Catholic minority of about 7% of the population. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

In addition, plenty of Catholic organizations are active in the anti-death penalty campaign, including the Sant'Egidio Community, which together with Italian authorities always lights up Rome's Colosseum whenever a country abolishes capital punishment. This is a huge turning point for the Catholic judges, politicians, and officials who believed that their Roman Catholic Church does not utterly clash with the capital punishment.

He criticized the Pope's leadership, saying Francis has a "socialist bent" and his statement doesn't change church doctrine. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops launched the Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty in 2005, which ultimately led to the formation of CMN.

Ricketts, a Republican and Catholic, worked to reinstate capital punishment in his state after lawmakers abolished it in 2015.

"Already in the past, the church had expressed its aversion to the death penalty, but with words that did not exclude ambiguities", said Riccardo Noury, Amnesty Italia spokesman. 53 percent of Catholics supported it as well, according to Pew, a number that may change after the Vatican's most recent declaration. "That's not being taken away here, but they can do that in other ways".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Armeena Khan calls out former London mayor over offensive burqa comments
Aug 10, 2018 - 03:17
She's one of 100 women who wear a niqab or burka who are calling for Mr Johnson to be kicked out of the Conservative Party. A former journalist who has often been accused of courting media attention, Johnson was not available for comment.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mourinho hopeful World Cup stars can face Leicester
Aug 10, 2018 - 03:11
They can still sell players, overseas only, until August 31 as no other league has adopted the earlier deadline. The club made a massive effort to try to extend contracts with people like Harry Kane .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Modric returns to Real Madrid training amid doubts over future
Aug 10, 2018 - 03:04
A video on Real Madrid's official Twitter feed showed Courtois signing his contract alongside club president Florentino Perez. This would be the second time it has been broken during this window after Liverpool won the race to sign Allison from Roma.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Meghan Markle’s ‘devastated’ ex-husband set to dish the dirt
Aug 10, 2018 - 01:34
Speaking to The Sun newspaper, Samantha said: "I speak to him every day and it's sad but, no, they have not contacted him". While there, she suffered the most minor of wardrobe malfunctions, which naturally drove Twitter into an immediate frenzy.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Pence says USA has never needed a 'Space Force' more
Aug 10, 2018 - 01:30
Air Force Space Command already handles the country's security and surveillance in space. The creation of a role called the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Carrie Underwood, Mike Fisher expecting their second child
Aug 09, 2018 - 03:04
According to a release, Underwood's new album, Cry Pretty , will be released September 14. This has just been a dream come true with album, with baby news and all that stuff.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump warns nations from trading with Iran amid US sanctions
Aug 09, 2018 - 02:24
President Donald Trump has warned that countries trading with Iran will not be doing business with the United States ". The Trump tactics have deepened an already serious economic crisis in Iran, fuelling protests around the country.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Authorities rescue baby floating on East River, baby dies at hospital
Aug 09, 2018 - 00:49
Authorities say the approximately eight-month-old child was spotted floating in the river near 89 South St. just after 2 p.m. A baby boy died after he was pulled from the water near the Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday afternoon, an NYPD spokesperson said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Giant celestial object discovered outside our solar system
Aug 08, 2018 - 22:49
Last year, an independent team of scientists discovered that SIMP J01365663+0933473 was part of a very young group of stars . If you were to stand on it (not a good idea) you'd be subjected to temperatures in excess of 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Saudi rules out mediation in Canada row, mulls new measures
Aug 08, 2018 - 22:09
Diplomatic channels and trade negotiations were suspended last week, and some flights from Saudi Arabia to Canada halted. Since then, the Saudi kingdom has pursued a scorched-earth policy towards anything related to Canada.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Academy Awards To Introduce New Category For "Outstanding Achievement In Popular Film"
Aug 08, 2018 - 21:28
Specific categories will be determined at a later date, but the winning moments will be edited and aired in a later broadcast. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the ceremony also clocked it at almost four hours, making it the longest show in over a decade.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Dead fetus reportedly found on plane from Charlotte at LaGuardia Airport
Aug 08, 2018 - 20:28
The Medical Examiner issued a statement: "we're investigating what we believe to be a human fetus found deceased on an airplane". It was parked by a hangar when the fetus was found, and later moved inside the building for further investigation to take place.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ottawa brewer not interested in tapping into buck-a-beer
Aug 08, 2018 - 20:24
Outside the brewery Tuesday, people gathered to protest the buck-a-beer program and other changes made by the Ford Government. Each type has a different audience, and the $1 beer price caters to just one of those audiences, he suggested.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Gates describes how he and Manafort funneled millions through Cyprus accounts
Aug 08, 2018 - 18:09
Manafort's defense attorneys have sought to paint Gates as an embezzler, a liar and the instigator of any criminal conduct. Gates is the 15th witness the government has called to testify in the trial through the halfway point of the sixth day.

Trump administration announces $22b in fresh tariffs on China
Aug 08, 2018 - 16:53
Chinese imports of goods and services into the United States a year ago amounted to almost $524 billion. On July 6 , the US began taxing the 818 goods, worth $34 billion, remaining from the April list.