Pope Calls On Christians To Abolish Death Penalty

Feb 23, 2016

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By Bill Chappell

“The commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ has absolute value and concerns both the innocent and the guilty,” Pope Francis said Sunday, urging that the death penalty be abolished.

Addressing a crowd of the faithful who were gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Francis said, “All Christians and people of goodwill are called today to work not only for the abolition of the death penalty, but also in order to improve prison conditions, in respect for human dignity of persons deprived of liberty.”

Speaking the day before an international convention for the abolition of the death penalty is set to begin in Rome, Francis appealed to the conscience of world leaders to work toward an international consensus to abolish capital punishment.


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12 comments on “Pope Calls On Christians To Abolish Death Penalty

  • @OP – “The commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ has absolute value and concerns both the innocent and the guilty,” Pope Francis said Sunday, urging that the death penalty be abolished.

    I wonder how that proposal of “Cannon Law”, (which allegedly trumps civil law), will go down with those US Catholic Supreme Court Judges?
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  • What about for witches, people who worship other gods, homosexuals and others who the bible says you actually have to kill or is Frank admitting that’s all nonsense now? How does that square with the buybull being the infallible word of dog?
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  • It seems that equality legislation is getting nearer and nearer to the Vatican, even if the Italian foot-draggers are still running last in Europe!

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/feb/25/italy-passes-watered-down-bill-recognising-same-sex-civil-unions
    Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, called passage of the law “historic” hours before the vote. If he had lost the vote, Renzi would have had to resign. The law still has to pass in the lower chamber of deputies, but the passage of the bill in the senate was the toughest hurdle.

    The overwhelming vote on Thursday in support of the civil union legislation in the senate, where it passed by 173 votes to 71, was nevertheless a bittersweet victory for advocates of LGBT rights after senators were forced to water down the legislation to ensure its passage.

    Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, called passage of the law “historic” hours before the vote. If he had lost the vote, Renzi would have had to resign. The law still has to pass in the lower chamber of deputies, but the passage of the bill in the senate was the toughest hurdle.

    The law will allow same-sex and heterosexual couples to enter civil unions that will give them legal rights similar to married couples. However, a provision in the legislation that would have granted non-biological parents in same-sex unions some parental rights – known as the “stepchild” provision – was struck from the legislation this week following a parliamentary agreement between Renzi’s Democratic party and his coalition partners, the New Centre Right.

    “This text once again does not take into consideration children who need definite laws and protection,” said Flavio Romani, president of gay rights group Arcigay. “The law that has come out of all this is lacking its heart.”

    Angelino Alfano, leader of the New Centre Right and interior minister, welcomed the decision not to give gay couples even limited rights to adopt children. “We have prevented a revolution that went against nature,” he said.
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  • Meanwhile:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-35684452

    Pakistan has hanged the former police bodyguard who shot dead Punjab’s governor over his opposition to blasphemy laws, officials say.

    Mumtaz Qadri killed Salman Taseer in Islamabad in 2011, in a murder that shocked the country.

    Qadri was hailed as a hero by some Islamist groups, and thousands of hard-line activists protested to show their support for him at the time.

    After news of his execution, crowds again took to the streets in protest.

    Qadri, who had trained as an elite police commando and was assigned to Taseer as his bodyguard, shot the politician at an Islamabad market in January 2011. He was sentenced to death later that year.

    He claimed it was his religious duty to kill the minister, who was an outspoken critic of Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws and supported liberal reforms.

    I looks like there is one less mad dog on the streets, but there seem to be plenty more running around protesting!
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  • It is clear, that woo-on-brain, makes the deluded regard murderers as heroes!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-35693767
    The funeral is taking place in Pakistan of the former bodyguard executed for killing Punjab’s governor over his opposition to blasphemy laws.

    Security was tight as about 50,000 mourners gathered to pay their last respects to Mumtaz Qadri in Rawalpindi.

    Qadri was hailed as a hero by Islamists for the 2011 killing of Salman Taseer, who wanted to reform the strict laws.

    Thousands of police are deployed along the route of the funeral procession and in the nearby capital, Islamabad.

    Qadri supporters threw rose petals on his coffin, Reuters reports from Liaquat Bagh park where the funeral was being held.

    His execution on Monday prompted protesters to take to the streets in cities in Pakistan.

    Those mean god-delusions really don’t like even hints of criticism!
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  • While RCC Italian campaigners are opposing the rights of gay couples to adopt children, bishops are still dodging responsibilities and making excuses for covering up for abusive priests!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-35692810
    Cardinal George Pell says he was deceived by a senior clergyman over the activities of a paedophile priest.

    Australia’s most senior Catholic is presenting evidence from Rome via video link over several days to an Australian Royal Commission into child sex abuse.

    n Tuesday Cardinal Pell was questioned about paedophile Gerald Ridsdale, a priest who was repeatedly moved between parishes in the 1970s and 80s.

    He accepted no responsibility for the failure to report Ridsdale’s abuse.

    Survivors have flown to Rome to see the cardinal testify after he was excused from returning home due to ill health.

    Implausible’

    Cardinal Pell repeatedly criticised Ronald Mulkearns, who was bishop of Ballarat between 1971 and 1997, for withholding information about Ridsdale.

    Cardinal Pell was one of the consultors who gave advice to Bishop Mulkearns from 1977 to 1984.

    Particular attention was paid to a meeting of the consultors that Cardinal Pell attended in 1982, where a decision was taken to move Ridsdale for a sixth time.

    Counsel assisting the commissioner, Gail Furness, said it was “implausible” that Cardinal Pell and other priests at the meeting did not know the reason for Ridsdale’s relocation.

    Cardinal Pell responded: “That is complete nonsense.”
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