Pope Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible in All Cases

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…

Philippines: Pacquiao interprets Bible differently in pushing death penalty: CBCP

Senator Manny Pacquiao
An official of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines-Commission on Prison Pastoral Care (CBCP-CPPC) said Senator Manny Pacquiao has a different understanding of the Bible.

CBCP-CPPC executive secretary Rodolfo Diamante made the remarks in response to Pacquiao's justification of death penalty as 'biblical'.

"It is just unfortunate that (Senator) Pacquiao has a wrong interpretation of the Bible. He is actually misleading the public on his own understanding of the scriptural passage. This is what is dangerous," Diamante said in an interview on Monday.

"The Senator should ask his staff to do some solid research before sharing his thoughts on any issue," he added.

At the same time, the CBCP-ECPPC official reminded Pacquiao that it is his duty as a public official to be a protector of life.

"Furthermore, he was elected by the people to protect the quality of Life of people and not to extinguish it," he added.

In a radio interview on Saturday, the boxing champion-turned-senator said he will push for the speedy passage of a law reinstating death penalty in the country.

Pacquiao's statements came after Pope Francis declared that death penalty is unacceptable and can never be justified, even for heinous crimes.

President Rodrigo Duterte has earlier reiterated his stand in favor of restoring death penalty as a deterrent against crime and illegal drugs.

In June 2006, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Republic Act 9346 which abolished death penalty in the country.

Source: pna.gov.ph, August 6, 2018

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