The following is the Pope’s new “teaching” on the death penalty, from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority, following a fair trial, was long considered an appropriate response to the gravity of certain crimes and an acceptable, albeit extreme, means of safeguarding the common good. Today, however, there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes. In addition, a new understanding has emerged of the significance of penal sanctions imposed by the state. Lastly, more effective systems of detention have been developed, which ensure the due protection of citizens but, at the same time, do not definitively deprive the guilty of the possibility of redemption. Consequently, the Church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person,” and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide.
Once again, the Pope attacks Church teaching, this time by calling the death penalty always “inadmissable.” It’s simply astounding that these Popes declare 2,000 years of Church teaching wrong. On what authority? None, because unjust laws are none at all. Doctrine does not “develop” as if it has not been infallibly fixed, a requirement for every Catholic to believe & accept in order to call themselves a Catholic. The man who sits on the Chair of Peter (presuming he does) is not Catholic in any way, shape or form. You can beat around the bush all you want, but the facts are the facts & the proof is in the pudding, coming out of Rome on a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly basis, going back decades. Out of the heart, the mouth speaks.
Speaking of the heart…
Francis, what of the unborn children, who have their hearts & mouths ripped apart in their mother’s womb? Is the dignity of their human life worth putting to death those who kill them? Just asking.
And did not Christ subject Himself to capital punishment to redeem us?
Answer our questions, Francis. The Church isn’t your personal plaything to throw around & abuse. It’s the house of your children which you are to safeguard & protect.
I post the following, which the Church still teaches, despite what any heretic in Rome says to the contrary. Taken from none other than the Catechism of the Council of Trent, which still holds true & binding on the faithful:
“Another kind of lawful slaying belongs to the civil authorities, to whom is entrusted power of life and death, by the legal and judicious exercise of which they punish the guilty and protect the innocent. The just use of this power, far from involving the crime of murder, is an act of paramount obedience to this [Fifth] Commandment which prohibits murder. The end of the [Fifth] Commandment is the preservation and security of human life. Now the punishments inflicted by the civil authority, which is the legitimate avenger of crime, naturally tend to this end, since they give security to life by repressing outrage and violence. Hence these words of David: In the morning I put to death all the wicked of the land, that I might cut off all the workers of iniquity from the city of the Lord.”