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Pope Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible in All Cases

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ROME — Pope Francis has declared the death penalty inadmissible in all cases because it is “an attack” on the “dignity of the person,” the Vatican announced on Thursday, in a definitive shift in Roman Catholic teaching that could put enormous pressure on lawmakers and politicians around the world.
Francis, who has spoken out against capital punishment before — including in 2015 in an address to Congress — added the change to the Catechism, the collection of beliefs for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
The revision says the church would work “with determination” for the abolition of capital punishment worldwide.
“I think this will be a big deal for the future of the death penalty in the world,” said John Thavis, a Vatican expert and author. “People who work with prisoners on death row will be thrilled, and I think this will become a banner social justice issue for the church,” he added.
Sergio D’Elia, the secretary of Hands Off Cain, an association that works to abolish capital puni…

Lawmaker pushes to abolish death penalty in Ohio

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — For the fourth time in a row, State Rep. Nickie Antonio, from Cuyahoga County, has introduced legislation at the Statehouse that would abolish the death penalty.

Her three previous attempts have been relatively fruitless in starting a debate about the issue at the Statehouse.

This time, Antonio is hoping for a deeper dialog with members of the House Criminal Justice Committee, to whom the bill has been assigned.

As was the case last year, at least one Republican has already agreed to be a co-sponsor on the bill, but unlike abortion, capital punishment is not necessarily a partisan issue.

House Bill 389 was given its first hearing this week, and Antonio hopes it will receive at least two more; one for supporters of the measure, and one for opponents.

Antonio says now is the perfect time for both sides to take another look at capital punishment, how it has been handled in recent years and the trends being seen nationally, given recent events connected to the topic.

It will be up to State Rep. Nathan Manning, from Lorain County, near Cleveland, as to whether the bill will receive any more hearings, or if he plans to let it languish in committee for the next year.

Source: WLWT5, December 15, 2017


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