Tag: Death penalty

Death penalty is fruit of laws lacking humanity, mercy, pope says

Death penalty is fruit of laws lacking humanity, mercy, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

The death penalty is an inhumane form of punishment that ignores the primacy of mercy in the name of justice, Pope Francis said.

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Kavanaugh could be deciding vote in Supreme Court death penalty case

Kavanaugh could be deciding vote in Supreme Court death penalty case

| Carol Zimmermann | November 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

The latest death penalty case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court was not about if a death-row prisoner should be executed, but how.

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Washington state’s Supreme Court strikes down death penalty

Washington state’s Supreme Court strikes down death penalty

| October 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Catholic bishops of Washington state Oct. 11 applauded the unanimous decision of the state Supreme Court striking down the death penalty as unconstitutional.

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Top Vatican diplomat calls for universal abolition of death penalty

Top Vatican diplomat calls for universal abolition of death penalty

| Anne Condodina | September 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Abolishing the death penalty worldwide would reflect the brave and hope-filled belief that crime can be dealt with without capital punishment and that a criminal should be given the chance to reform, a top Vatican diplomat told world leaders.

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From readers — August 9, 2018

From readers — August 9, 2018

| August 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Death penalty teaching
Do Catholic justices matter?
Will the abusers pay?

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Cardinal Cupich: Death penalty can’t ‘rebalance the scales of justice’

Cardinal Cupich: Death penalty can’t ‘rebalance the scales of justice’

| Michelle Martin | August 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich, speaking during an Aug. 2 panel discussion, described how Catholic teaching on the death penalty has developed and stressed that putting people to death — even criminals who are certainly guilty of terrible acts — makes it seem that the God-given right to life is conditional.

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Catechism change shows ‘true dogmatic progress,’ archbishop says

Catechism change shows ‘true dogmatic progress,’ archbishop says

| Cindy Wooden | August 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis’ revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert that capital punishment is morally inadmissible shows how the church can grow in its understanding of the implications of basic tenets of faith, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.

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Indian Catholic leaders doubt death penalty will deter child rapists

Indian Catholic leaders doubt death penalty will deter child rapists

| August 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

India’s parliament has passed a law allowing the death penalty for people convicted of raping girls younger than 12, but Catholic Church officials expressed doubt that it will curb increasing sexual violence against children across the country.

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Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

| Cindy Wooden | August 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” and to commit the church to working toward its abolition worldwide.

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Nebraska Catholic bishops oppose execution of death-row inmate

Nebraska Catholic bishops oppose execution of death-row inmate

| Joe Ruff | July 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Encouraging an act of mercy and arguing it would not compromise justice, Nebraska’s three Catholic bishops said July 6 they oppose the scheduled execution in August of death-row inmate Carey Dean Moore.

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Counties seen as key to ongoing death penalty struggle

Counties seen as key to ongoing death penalty struggle

| Mark Pattison | December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

While much of the focus has been on the Supreme Court, state legislatures, governors and juries in the ongoing fight to abolish capital punishment in the United States, the head of the Death Penalty Information Center suggested that counties may be key.

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Pope’s pro-life challenge: Respect all life, oppose death penalty

Pope’s pro-life challenge: Respect all life, oppose death penalty

| Cindy Wooden | October 19, 2017 | 22 Comments

Pope Francis’ recent statement that the death penalty is incompatible with the Gospel focused less on a government’s role in protecting its people and more on the need to defend the sacredness and dignity of every human life.

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