Death penalty is ‘contrary to the Gospel,’ pope says
The death penalty, no matter how it is carried out, “is, in itself, contrary to the Gospel,” Pope Francis said.
Marking the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church at the Vatican on 11th October, Pope Francis said the catechism’s discussion of the death penalty, already formally amended by St John Paul II, needs to be even more explicitly against capital punishment.
Capital punishment, he said, “heavily wounds human dignity” and is an “inhuman measure.”
“It is, in itself, contrary to the Gospel, because a decision is voluntarily made to suppress a human life, which is always sacred in the eyes of the Creator and of whom, in the last analysis, only God can be the true judge and guarantor,” the pope said.
The death penalty, he said, not only extinguishes a human life, it extinguishes the possibility that the person, recognising his or her errors, will request forgiveness and begin a new life.
Picture: Pope Francis addresses participants at an encounter marking the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church at the Vatican on 11th October. The death penalty is “contrary to the Gospel,” the pope said in his speech. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).Tags: Catechism of the Catholic Church, death penalty, Pope, Pope Francis, Vatican