Death penalty against the gospel: Pope Francis

In a presentation to members of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization on Oct. 11, Pope Francis said the death penalty “is in itself contrary to the Gospel because it is voluntarily decided to suppress a human life, which is always sacred in the eyes of the Creator and of which God only in the final analysis is the true judge and guarantor.”

The audience for the pope’s talk included cardinals, bishops, priests, nuns, catechists, and ambassadors from many countries observing the 25th anniversary of the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in 1992.

The pope went on to say, “It must be strongly confirmed that condemning a person to the death penalty is an inhumane measure that humiliates, in any way it is pursued, human dignity.”

An America magazine (Oct. 11, 2017) review of the address notes the pope’s comments and the timing of them suggest that a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church may be forthcoming to reflect this new development in the church’s understanding.

For the Crux (Oct. 11, 2017) report, click here.

For the America magazine report, click here.