- Aug 5, 2020
Pope Francis announced in 2019 that the Catechism of the Catholic Church would be updated to include a definition of “ecological sin.”
Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, speaking during an Aug. 2 panel discussion, described how Catholic teaching on the death penalty has developed and stressed that putting people to death — even criminals who are certainly guilty of terrible acts — makes it seem that the God-given right to life is conditional.
Pope Francis’s revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert that capital punishment is morally inadmissible shows how the Church can grow in its understanding of the implications of basic tenets of faith, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.
Pope Francis has changed the Catechism to reflect the evolution of Catholic teaching on the death penalty, saying it is inadmissible under any circumstances.