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UN calls for global moratorium on death penalty

December 19, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: 121 nations voted for a resolution in support of a global moratorium on the death penalty as a step toward its eventual abolition; 35 opposed the resolution, and 32 abstained. The vote took place on December 17, the same day on which Pope Francis described the death penalty as a “state crime.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Dec. 19, 2018 9:21 AM ET USA

    I supported St. JPII's change to the CCC which limited the necessity of capital punishment to those cases where the welfare of the innocent could be guaranteed by no other means. I do not agree with his faulty assessment that advances in the penal system have eliminated the need for capital punishment in virtually all cases. No modern penal system executes perfect justice and operates according to perfect order. Stern discipline in a rare number of cases can be warranted as a concrete response.