Pope Francis Changes Church Teaching to Oppose Death Penalty in All Cases

Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, has closed the loophole in the Catholic Catechism that allowed for the death penalty in rare cases.

In his letter released on August 2, 2018, he stated that the death penalty “”is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person”, and stating that the church works “for its abolition worldwide.””

The change demonstrates “increasing awareness that the dignity of the person was not lost even after “the commission of very serious crimes”.”

Click on the attached links for further information:

America: The Jesuit Review

The Guardian

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