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No Pope can overturn the Church’s teaching that the death penalty is legitimate. So Francis’s comments were puzzling

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The Church’s position on the death penalty is one example of how Church teaching is not static, the Pope said

Most of the great theologians have defended the principle of capital punishment. We’re in danger of forgetting why

‘The death penalty represents a failure of our society to fulfil the demands of human dignity,’ the Catholic Mobilizing Network said

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Ludovic Kennedy helped change the law, but a new book reveals he had a significant blind spot

The bishops said they have a ‘profound respect for the sanctity of every human life’

The bishop said that every execution is a violation of the innate dignity of the human person

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