Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope repeats Church opposition to death penalty

CWN - June 20, 2013

Pope Francis has reiterated Vatican opposition to capital punishment, in a message of support to the 5th World Congress Against the Death Penalty.

In a message to the meeting, being held in Madrid, the Pope said that the Church’s position on the death penalty is “a courageous reaffirmation of the conviction that humanity can successfully confront criminality” without taking human life. He recommended that “capital sentences be commuted to a lesser punishment that allows for time and incentives for the reform of the offender.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($25,856 to go):
$35,000.00 $9,144.48
74% 26%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - Jun. 20, 2013 6:39 PM ET USA

    The Vatican is not against the death penalty in all circumstances. I do not argue about the present circumstances. However in war time with the disintegration of society, the death penalty is allowed. It must be remarked that society is steadily moving toward disintegration.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra 0 hours ago
Russia's demographic recovery + US demographic decline = danger 2 hours ago
James Carroll strikes (at the Church) again 3 hours ago
Improving the Church 24 hours ago
Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 2: The Impact of Grace April 15

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days