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Pope Declares Death Penalty Unacceptable : August 2, 2018
Pope Declares Death Penalty Unacceptable
Linda Grimm

For hundreds of years, the Catholic Church permitted executions as a form of criminal punishment, until Pope John Paul II revised Catholic doctrine to significantly narrow the circumstances in which the church viewed the death penalty as an appropriate sentence. In 2018, at Pope Francis’s direction, the doctrine was further revised to declare the death penalty “unacceptable” in all cases. While senior Catholic officials characterized the change as consistent with recent church teachings, some conservatives argued the pope was rewriting doctrine to suit his personal views. Some also questioned the revision’s significance since most countries no longer use the death penalty.

Pope Francis Challenges Death Penalty

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