The cardinal's remarks come in the wake of a declaration issued by the Vatican on August 2 which said that the death penalty is "inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person".
Noting the cross-section of voters in America who oppose abortion but support the death penalty, the new primetime host admonished pro-life people to be consistent about their views from conception to natural death, as well as to treat people equitably with regard to their economic status.
He was responding to a question from The Tablet about whether a shift in the Church's position was occurring after the Pope used a speech to call for the "global abolition" of the death penalty while talking about the "right of the environment" when addressing the the United Nations in NY.
John Paul II called for its abolition on a visit to the United States in 1999, while Benedict XVI said there was "the need to do everything possible to eliminate capital punishment", without ever going as far as to ask for an edit of the catechism.
After reaching out to the Dioceses of Laredo they tell us "every individual shares the responsibility to be stewards in protecting and respecting the life of human persons".
Reasons for modifying the teaching, the paragraph says, include: the increasing effectiveness of detention systems, growing understanding of the unchanging dignity of the person, and leaving open the possibility of conversion. She turned the experience into a nonfiction book that explored the human toll the death sentence had on the inmate's family and the families of the victims. Words must be followed by action.
New York State now does not have a death penalty - it originally abolished the penalty in 2007, after abolishing and reinstating it multiple times throughout its history - and has not actually executed anyone since 1963, when 34-year-old armed robber Eddie Lee Mays was put to death in the electric chair.
She also said more than 2,800 people are now on death row in the United States and 14 executions are scheduled for the remainder of 2018, including three in August.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already said he will introduce legislation that would remove the death penalty from New York State law. The World-Herald previously reported that he dumped $300,000 into the pro-death penalty campaign.
The Pope has spoken, though not ex cathedra, or from the Chair of Peter: death penalty no longer has a place in civilized society.
The new revision of Pope Francis affirms that the inadmissibility of the death penalty grew in light of the Gospel.
That lead to a dispute between the governor and attorney general, when Landry announced his office would no longer defend challenges to the state's execution protocol.
"We join Pope Francis in calling for the 'elimination of the death penalty where it is still in effect, ' since it is not necessary to protect public safety from an unjust aggressor", they wrote.
One of their former Catholic members, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, famously said that he didn't find the death penalty immoral, and that any judge who did should resign. "While I respect the Pope's perspective, capital punishment remains the will of the people and the law of the state of Nebraska", Ricketts said.
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