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Pope’s plea to the Universe on Death Penalty

The holy Father, Pope Francis following his sunday angelus pleaded with the entire to rise-up against taking another person’s life via death sentence of any kind. He did not just pleaded for the abolition of death sentence, he as well pleaded that the conditions of prisons systems should be modified as to serve it’s true purpose on the lives of the prisoners.

There will be an international convention for the abolition of death penalty set to take place in Rome on Monday. The convention, promoted by the Sant’Egidio Community, has for its title “For a world without the death penalty.” and Pope Francis calls on world leaders, especially the governments of the nations of the universe to join the “international consensus for the abolition of the death penalty”. And equally spoke to Catholic leaders, asking them, as a “courageous and exemplary act,” to not carry out any death sentences during the Holy Year of Mercy.

“I hope,” the Pope said, “that this symposium can give a renewed impulse to efforts for the abolition of capital punishment.” He said growing opposition to the death penalty, even as an instrument of legitimate social defence, was a sign of hope. Modern society, he continued has the means of fighting crime without definitively taking from criminals the possibility of redemption. He placed the question of capital punishment within the context of a system of justice that continues to conform more closely “to the dignity of man and the design of God for and for society.” “The commandment, ‘Thou shalt not kill’,” Pope Francis said, “has absolute value, and concerns both the innocent and the guilty,” and even criminals “maintain the inviolable right to life, the gift of God.”









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  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    I’m sure Giordano Bruno would have appreciated this!
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    The Church had him burned at the stake (among other things) for proposing that the stars in the sky might be suns with planets like our own. If the Church still imposed the death sentence and had the power to do so, they would burn me for a number of the same things Bruno was murdered for.
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    I haven’t heard nearly enough apology out of the RCC for its past actions to justify the hypocrisy of telling others to abandon capital punishment.

  2. Peter Spasic Reply

    “The commandment, ‘Thou shalt not kill’,” Pope Francis said, “has absolute value, and concerns both the innocent and the guilty,” and even criminals “maintain the inviolable right to life, the gift of God.”
    It’s almost unbelievable that the pope could so badly misunderstand the 6th commandment.
    What about God’s commanding the death penalty for serious offenses against His Law in the Old Testament? And remember, this applied to the Israelites, whom He had chosen to be a light to the Gentiles.
    But God has always been against MURDER, which is particular class of killing (as when Cain killed Abel).

    Yes, a murderer, like any other sinner, can repent and turn to God for forgiveness and salvation by accepting what Christ did on the cross. But murder is a sin and a crime, and Paul strongly implies God’s sanctioning of the death penalty applied by the state for the keeping of social order, in Romans 13:4.

    “He did not just pleaded for the abolition of death sentence, he as well pleaded that the conditions of prisons systems should be modified as to serve it’s true purpose on the lives of the prisoners.”
    True purpose? Part of that purpose is punishment – again, Romans 13:4.

    Besides, what about the history of the papacy murdering dissidents? Will the present pope repent on behalf of the Roman Catholic church?

  3. Dan Collins Reply

    This is nonsense. People must be accountable for their decisions. It is not cost-effective to maintain prisons, justice systems and community services bureaucracies. Laws are tablished to clearly state acceptable norms. Violent recidivists choose not to be part of those standards and the community requires they be eliminated. God deals with the complexities. I am sick of left-liberalism invading my church.

    1. Peter Spasic Reply

      Just a point regarding the pope’s title, “Holy Father”. The only one in the Bible addressed by that name is God, and that was by Jesus in His prayer – John 17:11

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