Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Pope declares death penalty 'inadmissible' in all cases

Pope declares death penalty 'inadmissible' in all cases

This week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to get rid of the death penalty once and for all - a move that was spurred by Pope Francis declaring the executions unacceptable in the Catholic faith.

The pope's decision will be reflected in the Universal Catechism - which, until now, allowed capital punishment in extreme cases.

An Ohio prosecutor says a new Catholic Church ruling stating the death penalty is always inadmissible hasn't changed his stance that it is sometimes necessary to seek the death sentence.

"While I respect the pope's perspective, capital punishment remains the will of the people and the law of the state of Nebraska", said Ricketts, a Catholic who poured money into the campaign to reinstate the death penalty.

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She also said more than 2,800 people are now on death row in the United States and 14 executions are scheduled for the remainder of 2018, including three in August.

"Today, however, there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes", the text says.

The Vatican catechism also cited "a new understanding has emerged of the significance of penal sanctions imposed by the state". The Papacy's emphasis on "more effective systems of detention" could ensure the protection of citizens without depriving "the guilty of the possibility of redemption". Apart from this on Thursday, he announced that the Roman Catholic Church would work with the determination to start this movement with the aim of abolishing capital punishment from overall the world.

Cardinal Luis Ladaria, the head of the Vatican's doctrine office, explained that the pope's directive is an evolution of the church's teachings in a letter to all bishops around the world, noted the Herald. In Summa Theologica, the Dominican scholastic said authorities had legitimate recourse to the death penalty: "It is lawful ('permissible') to kill an evildoer in so far as it is directed to the welfare of the whole community, so that it belongs to him alone who has charge of the community's welfare". Robert Vischer, dean of the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, noted that Republicans nearly uniformly support the death penalty and Democrats nearly uniformly support the legal right to abortion. "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", stated Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy, Executive Director of CMN. Cuomo issued the following statement on the matter, driving home his determination to eliminate capital punishment from the confines of NY via legislation that he intends to introduce to state lawmakers in the near future.

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The House of Representatives where Duterte supporters enjoy a super majority unanimously approved a bill for the return of the death penalty for heinous crimes which, aside from illegal drugs, also include murder, kidnap-for-ransom, treason and homicide with rape.

The new revision of Pope Francis affirms that the inadmissibility of the death penalty grew in light of the Gospel.

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