Pope Francis has claimed that changing the Catechism regarding death penalty is a “progress of the doctrine of the most recent Pontiffs”.
Talking to members of the “International Commission against the Death Penalty” on December 17, he alleged that death penalty is "always" a rejection of the Gospel and of human dignity.
Francis based his new theory on a supposed "change in consciousness of the Christian people" for which there is no statistic material.
Francis went on accusing his predecessors, “Even in the Pontifical State this inhuman punishment has been resorted to while ignoring the primacy of mercy over justice.”
The death penalty is part of the right of self-defence which allows individuals or a community to use reasonable force for the purpose of defending one's own life including – in certain circumstances – the use of deadly force.
This teaching is based on the Bible and on universal human thinking. Francis' contentions about death penalty have done little to develop or improve this teaching.
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