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February 21, 2016

Will Pope's call for world-wide moratorium on death penalty halt any executions anywhere?

Banners-APERTURA-PUERTA-SANTA-2-ENThe question in the title of this post is prompted by this news from CNN headlined "Pope Francis calls for one-year moratorium on death penalty." Here are the basic details:

Pope Francis, who has repeatedly called for an end to the death penalty, on Sunday proposed that Catholic leaders suspend the practice for a year to mark the Holy Year of Mercy.

"I make an appeal to the conscience of all rulers, so that we can achieve an international consensus for the abolition of the death penalty," the Pope said in his Sunday address in St. Peter's Square.  "And I propose to those among them who are Catholic to make a courageous and exemplary gesture: that no sentence is executed in this Holy Year of Mercy."

The Pope launched the Jubilee Year of Mercy on December 8.  The church's formal yearlong push for mercy and forgiveness is set to continue through November 20, when the feast of Christ the King will be celebrated.

Francis voiced his support Sunday for an international conference taking place on Monday in Rome called A World Without the Death Penalty, saying he hoped the conference would bring renewed energy to the mission to end capital punishment.  The Pope underlined the possibility of redemption for offenders and a "criminal justice open to the hope of reintegration into society."

"The commandment 'Thou shalt not kill' has absolute value and applies to both the innocent and the guilty," he said on Sunday.

February 21, 2016 at 10:21 PM | Permalink


INDICATION: Just Another Guy

The Pope used the word “kill” ‼

As I understand , a more reasonable word is “murder”.

Many thugs have been killed , though not murdered , for the simple reason that it was the ONLY way to stop a predatory evil attack intended to harm or kill an innocent•

Respectfully , yet Nemo Me Impune Lacessit !

Posted by: Docile Jim Brady „ the Nemo Me ♠ Impune Lacessit guy in Oregon ‼ | Feb 22, 2016 1:44:08 AM

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