Catholic Charities

Death Penalty

Pope Francis has approved a new revision of paragraph number 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, according to which “a new understanding has emerged of the significance of penal sanctions imposed by the state,” thus “the death penalty is inadmissible”:
Upholding the dignity of the human person, the Catholic Church teaches that capital punishment is incompatible with the gospel and can no longer be justified in modern society. Though the death penalty is still carried out in Georgia at an alarming pace, Catholics and other people of faith are increasingly coming forward in opposition to its use. In order to build on their good works, Georgia Catholics Against the Death Penalty (GACADP) is being organized to promote a spirituality of respect for life that encompasses victims of violent crime as well as those at risk of execution for capital offenses.



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