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Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Catholic Church Changes Doctrine To Oppose Death Penalty

Catholic Church Changes Doctrine To Oppose Death Penalty

Previous popes have had differing opinions.

IL abolished the death penalty seven years ago.

"One of the rationales for the death penalty in Catholic teaching historically was to protect society", Burke said.

Allowing the death penalty violates the Constitution and the government's treaties with the United Nations, Atienza said, adding that proponents of capital punishment "transcended God who created human life". If he is confirmed, he will join four other Catholic Justices. Nebraska's Catholic bishops urged people to contact state officials to stop the scheduled execution of Moore, 60, and cited the pope's teaching.

"We are grateful for the leadership of the Catholic Church, including Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis, in efforts to end the death penalty". "Now, however, he has enshrined it in official Catholic teaching".

The catechism's paragraph on capital punishment was last updated by Pope St. John Paul II in 1997.

Pope Francis added that the church would work to ensure that death penalty was abolished all over the world, reported The Guardian.

"I think there is a proper and respectful way to ask Kavanaugh how his understanding of faith and morality intersects with his judicial views".

Hannah Cox, national manager of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, also issued a statement in support of the pope's revision. Previously, the Church permitted the death penalty if it was necessary to save the lives of others.

In 1993, Congress passed Republic Act (RA) No. 7659, which reimposed capital punishment.

"I have to tell you this really bothers me", Beck said.

Whether or not Ricketts heeds those words, Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is planning to hold a rally outside the state Capitol on August 14 "to speak out against the failed death penalty system which is broken beyond fix". "It is a grave sin".

"For people in the pews, it is a challenge to actively build a culture of life by abolishing the death penalty, especially in the 31 states that still have it on the books in this country", said Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy, who leads Catholic Mobilizing Network, an anti-death penalty group.

But many conservative Catholics took exception. Several prominent legal and political figures did not respond immediately for comment.

Amnesty says that those figures exclude China, which it claims does not make public announcements on the thousands of death sentences it passes.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already said he will introduce legislation that would remove the death penalty from New York State law. This passage clearly demonstrates that we are dealing with a true dogmatic advancement with which a matter of the faith is clarified, one that has steadily matured to the point of making understood the unsustainability of the death penalty in our time. Ricketts, a Republican who is Roman Catholic, tapped his family fortune to help bankroll a referendum to reinstate capital punishment, a measure the state's Catholic leadership vehemently opposed.

Catholics have been encouraged by Papal and Church authority to seek abolition of the death penalty for over 20 years.

Texas Standard reached out to Governor Abbott's office for comment on this issue. He said Thursday he won't block the execution.

They also urged people to take action locally against capital punishment, calling on "people of goodwill to contact Nebraska state officials to stop the scheduled August 14 execution of Carey Dean Moore".

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