Pope Shifts Church On Death Penalty, Now ‘Inadmissible’

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Pope Francis blesses the crowd as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, July 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope Francis has changed church teaching about the death penalty, saying it can never be sanctioned because it “attacks” the inherent dignity of all humans.
    
The Vatican said Thursday that Francis had changed the Catechism of the Catholic Church – the compilation of official Catholic teaching. Previously, the catechism said the church didn’t exclude recourse to capital punishment “if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.”
    
The new teaching says the previous policy is outdated and that there are other ways to protect society: “Consequently the church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person, and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide.”
 

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