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Pope Francis changes Catholic teaching on death penalty

Pope Francis changes Catholic teaching on death penalty

What does the catechism now say about the death penalty? Writing in defense of Christians who were unfairly charged with crimes in second-century Rome, philosopher Anthenagoras of Athens condemned the death penalty and wrote that Christians "cannot endure even to see a man put to death, though justly".

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, has changed Church teaching about the death sentence.

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A leading pro-life priest is hopeful a change in the Catholic catechism on the death penalty will not be used for political gain. His changes were meant to strengthen skepticism about the death penalty's use in the modern world and to emphasize the importance of protecting human life.

The Vatican's change in teaching on the death penalty has been some time coming. "It's very clear now in the Catechism that this is the official teaching of the Church". "Is practicing birth control a mortal sin?"

More recent updates said factors justifying capital punishment have become rare if not practically inexistent. Among Americans as a whole, 54 percent are in favor and 39 percent opposed.

"I think what this does is get people to reexamine their own attitudes and convictions", said John Carr, the director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University, who said any shift in public attitude could be consequential.

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And yet, she said, there may be resistance.

But times have changed, he said.

The new teaching builds on the teachings of Francis' two immediate predecessors. "John Paul II and Benedict laid the groundwork; he's taking the next logical step".

The letter added: "It entails cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment".

In his statement, Gomez clarified that Francis' adjustment of the Catechism did not place capital punishment on the par with abortion.

The Vatican said the pontiff changed the Catechism of the Catholic Church - the compilation of official Catholic teaching.

That lead to a dispute between the governor and attorney general, when Landry announced his office would no longer defend challenges to the state's execution protocol.

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"I have to tell you this really bothers me", Beck said. "There is no margin for disagreement".

In a letter to bishops August 2, Cardinal Luis Ladaria, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, gave a brief overview of developments to the Church's teaching on the death penalty over the last decades, and the perspective of the three most recent popes.

Most executions took place in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan.

After a contentious and emotional battle across this deep-red state, voters restored the death penalty in 2016. When he added that "this conviction" includes working to end the death penalty, the response was far more subdued. In the Philippines, for example, President Rodrigo Duterte has been pushing to reimpose it.

In addition to Sister Prejean, other 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 conviction has led me, from the beginning of my ministry, to advocate at different levels for the global abolition of the death penalty", Francis told top USA elected lawmakers.

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