Paragraph 2267

2267. Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority, following a fair trial, was long considered an appropriate response to the gravity of certain crimes and an acceptable, albeit extreme, means of safeguarding the common good.

Today, however, there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes. In addition, a new understanding has emerged of the significance of penal sanctions imposed by the state. Lastly, more effective systems of detention have been developed, which ensure the due protection of citizens but, at the same time, do not definitively deprive the guilty of the possibility of redemption.

Consequently, the Church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person”, [Francis,Address to Participants in the Meeting organized by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, 11 October 2017] and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide.

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18. Why does Sacred Scripture teach the truth?

360. Why are the beatitudes important for us?

160. What are charisms?

461. How are parents to educate their children in the Christian faith?

315. What is the attitude of the Church toward the sick?

117. Who is responsible for the death of Jesus?

50. What does it mean to say that God is almighty?

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How is God’s sovereignty portrayed amidst the chaos in Lamentations 2:8-9?

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What does Wisdom 8:7 teach us about wisdom as a source of virtue and honor?