Capital Punishment

These condemned criminals accepted ‘inadmissible’ death penalty and became saints

By Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, Lifesite News, August 11, 2020 In the bestselling interview of Bishop Athanasius Schneider conducted by Diane Montagna, Christus Vincit: Christ’s Triumph over the Darkness of the Age (Angelico Press, 2019), His Excellency says the following about ruling out the death... read more

Pope Francis repeats opposition to life imprisonment: ‘Not the solution’

By Dorothy Cummings McLean VATICAN CITY, September 16, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― Pope Francis repeated his opposition to life sentences for criminals — such as serial killers, child-abusers, and repeat sex offenders — in an address to prison workers on Saturday morning. The pontiff... read more

How to Understand the Death Penalty and Development of Doctrine

COMMENTARY: One must respect the right of Rome to seek to abolish the death penalty, but one may also disagree as to whether this is a homogenous development of doctrine or merely a debate about circumstantial application of that doctrine. By Father Brian Mullady, OP, June 24, 2019 Recent... read more

U.S. Bishops Approve the Pope’s Capital Punishment Ban

FR. GEORGE W. RUTLER, June 26, 2019 Sæva indignatio. Few writers in the history of English letters could express “savage indignation” at human folly as did Jonathan Swift who wrote those words for his own epitaph. Our times give ample opportunity to empathize with him, and that is never... read more

A comment on a cardinal’s tweet re capital punishment

By Edward Peters, JD, JDC, In the Light of the Law Blog, June 17, 2019 Earlier today Cdl. Dolan of New York tweeted: “With the clear and cogent clarification of the successor of St. Peter, there now exists no loophole to morally justify capital punishment.” The supposedly clear and... read more

Bp. Schneider: Open letter accusing Pope Francis of heresy ‘went too far’

By Lisa Bourne, Life Site News, May 17, 2019 The signers of the recent open letter accusing Pope Francis of heresy “went too far,” Bishop Athanasius Schneider said, and the examples given for the charge do not constitute “formal” heresy. “No, because a heresy is a formal statement... read more

Priest: ‘The Vatican has become a theological Chernobyl’

By Lisa Bourne NEW YORK, New York, December 20, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Vatican has become the equivalent of nuclear catastrophe in terms of its theology, a noted priest scholar said. Father George Rutler, citing a number of Pope Francis’ statements and acts, including the pope’s... read more

A parish priest explains how Pope Francis is undermining his ability to teach moral truths

Peter Kwasniewski Blog October 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – One of the benefits of writing regularly on the internet is that I receive a fair number of notes from readers with whom something I’ve published has struck a chord. I hear disproportionately from priests, religious, and seminarians... read more

An Appeal to the Cardinals of the Catholic Church

by Various, 8 . 15 . 18 Pope Francis has revised the Catechism of the Catholic Church to read, “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.” This statement has been understood by many, both inside and outside the Church, to teach... read more

Vatican advisor: Pope ‘breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants’

by Staff Reporter, 14 Aug 2018 Fr Thomas Rosica said the Church is now 'ruled by an individual rather than by... its own dictates of tradition plus Scripture' Under Pope Francis, the Church is now “openly ruled by an individual rather than by the authority of Scripture alone or even its own... read more

Pope Francis and Capital Punishment

by Edward Feser, 8 . 3 . 18 In a move that should surprise no one, Pope Francis has once again appeared to contradict two millennia of clear and consistent scriptural and Catholic teaching. The Vatican has announced that the Catechism of the Catholic Church will be changed to declare the death... read more

On Capital Punishment