Posts Tagged ‘Death penalty’

Pope Francis is more evolution than revolution

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

ROME – Two stories about Pope Francis over the last few days have elicited either praise or criticism, depending on one’s point of view, but also pivoting on a perception that’s actually questionable: To wit, that once again, this maverick pontiff is breaking the mold. The first story came on Thursday, when Francis spoke at Read more

Death penalty inhumane, Catechism should oppose it says Pope

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

“The death penalty is ‘inadmissible’ under any circumstance,” says Pope Francis. Speaking during the 25th anniversary of St. John Paul II’s revised publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Francis said the death penalty violates the Gospel and amounts to the voluntary killing of a human life, which “is always sacred in the eyes Read more

The death penalty in United States under spotlight

Friday, October 7th, 2016

The death penalty in the United States is being re-examined. Two cases are in front of the Supreme Court at present. There are also three referendums on state ballots in the November election. In the two death penalty cases before the court, both from Texas, one examines information given to jurors. The other questions whether Read more

Drug titan Pfizer bans its products from death penalty use

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has said it is banning its drugs from use in lethal injections. The company is the last major drug manufacturer to take this action. The decision has seen campaigners against the death penalty in the US say they are now close to ending the practice. Continue reading Related Posts:Death penalty ban and Read more

Pope appeals for world abolition of death penalty

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Pope Francis has appealed for an international consensus to abolish the death penalty. Speaking at St Peter’s Square on Sunday, the Pope said “Thou shalt not kill applies to the guilty as well as the innocent”. The Pontiff said the commandment has “absolute value”. He asked politicians around the world to “make a courageous and Read more

Aust bishops offer to help govt work against death penalty

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Australia’s Catholic bishops have offered the Church’s help for the Australian government’s international work to abolish the death penalty. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president, Archbishop Denis Hart, wrote to a parliamentary inquiry into Australia’s advocacy for the abolition of the death penalty. “The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference would be happy to assist the Australian Read more

PNG Catholic bishops strongly oppose death penalty

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

The Catholic bishops of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands strongly oppose the use of the death penalty. In a new Pastoral Letter on the issue of the death penalty the bishops say capital punishment has “no place in a Christian country, where true justice and mercy should prevail.” The bishops say where executions Read more

Bali 9: mentally ill man did not realise he was about to be executed

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

An Irish missionary in Indonesia says Brazilian Roderigo Gularte seemingly did not realise that he was going to be executed. Gularte suffered from schizophrenia and he also had a bipolar disorder. “I was joking with him, saying that ‘I am 72; I will be up there with you soon enough,” said Father Charles Burrows. He Read more

Jakarta’s Archbishop speaks out against death penalty

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

The Archbishop of Jakarta, Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo, has expressed his concern over Indonesia’s use of the death penalty. He has also criticised the way two Australian detainees Andrew Chan and Myuran Shaveukumaran have been treated. Following Easter Sunday mass, in Jakarta, Archbishop Ignatius told reporters the church was strictly against the use of the death Read more

Death penalty in Indonesia: an executioner’s story

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

As Indonesia prepares to execute up to 11 prisoners, including two Australians, a Brazilian and a Nigerian national, amid international uproar, the spotlight has been thrown on the use of the death penalty in the country. There are dozens more prisoners on death row and the government has declared there will be no mercy for Read more