The Death Penalty, Church Teaching and the Development of Dogma: Reflections on Pope Francis' Change to the Catechism

Starting from the change to the Catechism, which makes the death penalty inadmissible from now on from the perspective of moral theology, the article offers a systematic analysis of relationship of the Catholic Church to the death penalty. It first outlines the complex ways in which the problem of t...

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Published in:Concilium
Main Author: Seewald, Michael 1987-
Format: Print Article
Language:English
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Published: SCM Press [2019]
In:Concilium
Year: 2019, Issue: 1, Pages: 129-143
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Francis Pope 1936- / Catechism / Church teaching office / Death penalty / Legitimacy
Further subjects:B Capital Punishment
B Doctrine
B RELIGION & ethics
B CATHOLIC catechisms
B Francis, Pope, 1936-
B Christian Ethics
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Summary:Starting from the change to the Catechism, which makes the death penalty inadmissible from now on from the perspective of moral theology, the article offers a systematic analysis of relationship of the Catholic Church to the death penalty. It first outlines the complex ways in which the problem of the death penalty has been handled in the various Christian traditions. The focus then switches to the argument used by Pope Francis, that the death penalty contradicts the 'dignity of the person', and finally there is a discussion of how far the Pope's decision forms a seamless part of the Church's teaching office as commonly understood or is a break with it.
ISSN:0010-5236
Contains:Enthalten in: Concilium