One priest's take on pope's 'death penalty' change

One priest's take on pope's 'death penalty' change

Malacañang said Friday it is not giving up on pushing for the reinstatement of death penalty despite Pope Francis' declaration that it is "inadmissible" in the Catholic Church's teachings.

In an August 3 statement, he stressed: "All human beings are created in the image and likeness of God and the dignity bestowed on them by the Creator can not be extinguished, even by grave sin, such that all persons, from conception until natural death possess inalienable dignity and value that points to their origin as sons and daughters of God". The Pope is unlikely to make support for the death penalty an issue which prevents someone receiving communion, but he will be seeking to change hearts and minds.

As part of the revision, Francis called on the church to recommit itself to working with civil authorities to eliminate the death penalty where it is still used as a deterrent to crime.

What has it changed from?

The pope's decision will be reflected in the Universal Catechism - which, until now, allowed capital punishment in extreme cases.

Today "there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes", it said, adding that society now has effective ways to detain prisoners so they aren't a threat and even provide the possibility of rehabilitation. Close to 700 people were sent to death by it until the state's last execution in 1963.

But Hinkel said he believes life in prison without parole serves the same goal and is the moral choice for him as a Catholic. "Pope Francis is saying, as did his predecesors Pope John Paul and Pope Benedict, that it really is an afront to human dignity". Robert Vischer, dean of the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, noted that Republicans nearly uniformly support the death penalty and Democrats nearly uniformly support the legal right to abortion.

There has been an uptick in American support for the death penalty, which is now at 54 percent.

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The only place in Europe where it is still legal is Belarus, which has a sizeable Catholic minority of about 7% of the population.

One of their former Catholic members, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, famously said that he didn't find the death penalty immoral, and that any judge who did should resign. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

Even after a key change in Catholic catechism, the Malacañang said it is still pushing for death penalty to be restored, but is leaving the Senate to pass a law for it.

The most recent state to abolish the death penalty was DE in 2016.

His son, Nicholas Hinkle, studies philosophy and theology at Benedictine College in Atchison, where he said he discusses capital punishment with professors and peers.

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

At the same time, the original version of the catechism still urged the use of "bloodless means" when possible to punish criminals and protect citizens. Moore, who has been slated for execution for over 35 years, is "guilty and exhausted of death-row life", according to Journal Star.

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