Pope Francis in St Peter's square - Vatican
(Worthy News) - Pope Francis changed the Catholic Church's stance on the death penalty in a new policy published Thursday, saying it is “inadmissible” because it “attacks” the inherent dignity of all humans.
The Vatican said the pontiff approved a change to the catechism, which gives worshippers a go-to guide for official Catholic Church teachings on subjects ranging from the sacraments to sex. Previously, the catechism said the church didn’t exclude capital punishment “if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.”
Francis announced his intention to change church teaching on capital punishment in October. The new text was approved in May and published Thursday. [ Source: USA Today (Read More...) ]
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