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Pope Francis Wants Official Catholic Teaching to Condemn Death Penalty [VIDEO]

Written by Joe Scudder

According to the Pope, the death penalty violates the criminal’s dignity… unlike prison?

At one time the Catholic Church was quite in favor of the death penalty. In modern times, however, many Roman Catholics have opposed it. Now, Pope Francis wants official Roman Catholic teaching to say that the death penalty is wrong.

Here is the Pope preaching to us a couple of years ago.

Covering up the horrors of prison as “rehabilitation,” and pretending that human beings have the power to rehabilitate murderers are both weak points in the Pope’s argument against the death penalty.

AFP reports, “Pope wants Catholic opposition to death penalty increased.

Pope Francis called Wednesday for categoric opposition to capital punishment to be written into an update of the most important guide to Catholic teaching.

His comments, which will be controversial with many fundamentalist Christians and some Catholics, came in a speech to clerics attending a conference in Rome to mark the 25th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.


“We have to restate that, however grave the crime that may be committed, the death penalty is inadmissible because it attacks the inviolability and the dignity of the person,” he said.

Read the complete AFP story.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the “nom de plume” (or “nom de guerre”) of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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