Pope Francis Declares Death Penalty “Inadmissible”

This week, Pope Francis declared that the death penalty is never admissible “because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.” The change, which has been added to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, makes official a position that the Pope has articulated since he became pontiff.

The reasons for the change include the increasing effectiveness of detention systems, a growing understanding of the unchanging dignity of the person, and leaving open the possibility of conversion. The Church will now “work with determination toward its abolition worldwide,” the Vatican said.