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Catholic Teaching on Death Penalty (Quo Vadis, Pope Francis? Part 229)

In declaring that the death penalty is always inadmissible, Pope Francis contradicts Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and age-old Church teaching. He contradicts saints, theologians and Church scholars throughout the history of the Church. He opposes God Himself.

The Pope I suppose is just being consistent with his premise that Church teachings can be changed and need to conform to the culture of the age. The liberal culture today says we should just be nice to one another, not offend anyone, and look to the “dignity” of a person. So I guess that would rule out the death penalty.

Even with secular reasoning, the Pope fails to convince.

* So it would also be inadmissible to spank errant children, done in accord with scriptural prescriptions.

* So it is wrong for Paul to deliver the incestuous man to Satan (1 Cor 5:5).

* Death penalty “only fuels the thirst for vengeance”? No, it is for justice.

* Death penalty inadmissible because up to the last moment a person can repent and change? Precisely. Confronting death hopefully leads to repentance.

The Pope’s stand on the death penalty is heretical. Worse, since he unilaterally changed the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the death penalty, he is institutionalizing his heresy.

Pope Francis contradicts Catholic teaching on the death penalty yet again

Pope Francis now has made numerous comments directly contradicting the Catholic teaching about the permissibility of the death penalty.

Pope Francis delivering his 2023 state of the world address.Screenshot/Vatican News Twitter

VATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis has once again contradicted Catholic teaching regarding the permissibility of the death penalty, claiming that it is “always inadmissible since it attacks the inviolability and the dignity of the person.”

The 86-year-old Pontiff made the claim in his annual meeting with the diplomatic corps of ambassadors accredited to the Holy See, otherwise known as his state of the world address.

His lengthy speech was divided into sections, with his critique of the death penalty falling under the section entitled “peace in truth.”

Death penalty ‘always inadmissible’

Francis made his comments against the death penalty as part of his list of instances where the “right to life” was “threatened.” He stated:

The right to life is also threatened in those places where the death penalty continues to be imposed, as is the case in these days in Iran, following the recent demonstrations demanding greater respect for the dignity of women. The death penalty cannot be employed for a purported State justice, since it does not constitute a deterrent nor render justice to victims, but only fuels the thirst for vengeance.

Continuing, the Pontiff issued a direct call to abolish the death penalty, arguing that it is “always inadmissible since it attacks the inviolability and the dignity of the person.” Francis declared:

I appeal, then, for an end to the death penalty, which is always inadmissible since it attacks the inviolability and the dignity of the person, in the legislation of all the countries of the world. We cannot overlook the fact that, up until his or her very last moment, a person can repent and change.

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