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Old 2nd August 2018, 02:54 PM
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Default Pope Francis on the death penalty

Here are the words of Pope Francis as reported in Crux. Is this something to be concerned about?

"https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2018/08/...-inadmissible/

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the death penalty now is no longer admissible under any circumstances.

The Vatican announced on Thursday Pope Francis approved changes to the compendium of Catholic teaching published under Pope John Paul II.

“The death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person,” is what the Catechism of the Catholic Church now says on the death penalty, adding that the Church “works with determination for its abolition worldwide.”
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Old 2nd August 2018, 03:12 PM
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This is a decision of the prudential order due to current circumstances in the world which we can respectfully disagree though we are bound under his authority.

There has been many abuses with this penalty and the Pope is considering it inadmissible.

The Church has also made controversial decisions of the prudential order in the past (such as not letting read the Bible to the faithful due to the danger of raising heresies, or not letting the faithful venerate images because of danger of idolatry in some areas), but they were not dogmas.
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Old 2nd August 2018, 04:18 PM
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Another thing to consider which can help us understand this issue is the following:

Incest in the direct line (parents/children) is intrinsically evil.

Incest in the collateral line is NOT intrinsically evil. The offspring of Adam and Eve had to have relations between close brothers and sisters in order to procreate, it was a necessity at the time. However, any type of incest today, whether direct or collateral, is inadmissible due to the ample population in the world today.

Similarly, but in a different way, the Pope considers inadmissible the use of the death penalty in current situations due to the current growth of the faithful in understanding human dignity and the advances on security measures in the world. But the death penalty as such is not intrinsically evil as in times past was permitted.
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For most of Church’s history, She prohibited cremation because because of degradation and blasphemy against the human body but then, in 1963, this ban was lifted by soon to be Saint, Pope Paul VI with the document ‘Piam et Constantem’. This document lifted the general prohibition against cremation:

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/co...hristo_en.html

And then Pope St. John Paul II promulgated the Code of Canon Law in 1983, with this new regulation in it:

Canon 1176

§3. The Church earnestly recommends that the pious custom of burying the bodies of the deceased be observed; nevertheless, the Church does not prohibit cremation unless it was chosen for reasons contrary to Christian doctrine.

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG1104/__P4A.HTM

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For most of its history, the Roman Catholic Church had a ban against cremation. It was seen as the most sacrilegious act towards Christians and God, not simply blaspheming but physically declaring a disbelief in the resurrection of the body. In 1963, the Pope lifted the ban on cremation and in 1966 allowed Catholic priests to officiate at cremation ceremonies. The Church still officially prefers the traditional interment of the deceased. Despite this preference, cremation is now permitted as long as it is not done to express a refusal to believe in the resurrection of the body. [1]

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crem...hristian_World

So we see here judgements of the prudential order from time to time. For most of Church’s history cremation was prohibited, but since not too long ago this ban was lifted and now cremation is permitted under certain conditions.
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Pope Francis is not saying that the death penalty is intrinsically evil. He says that it's inadmissible during these times for the reasons explained in the paragraph.
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