Pope Francis’ declaration that the death penalty is “contrary to the Gospel” and “inadmissible,” points to his larger emphasis on mercy, said Mathew Schmalz, associate professor of religious studies, in an interview with Austrian station Radio FM4.
“Well it is a progression, and an understandable progression in Catholic doctrine. Governments have a variety of methods to protect society from harm, and so the death penalty is not necessary,” Schmalz said. “Along with that is the Catholic emphasis upon mercy, which Pope Francis really wants to strongly emphasize in his pontificate.”
You can listen to the entire interview at Radio FM4’s website.
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