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Pope Francis has changed the Catechism to call the death penalty "inadmissible"

Big news from Rome this morning! Pope Francis has officially emended the text of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) to declare the death penalty (DP) "inadmissible." This replaces the previous version, which held that cases in which it is legitimate, in the words of St. John Paul II, "are very rare, if not practically non-existent" (CCC #2267).[1] In this post I will:
put this change into the context of previous revisions to the Catechism, compare all three versions of CCC #2267, defend the correctness of Francis's teaching, and discuss the scope of the magisterial authority of this revision.Other changes made to the Catechism
A fact not widely known is that the first edition of the CCC differed considerably from the "typical edition" that hasbecome widely known over the last two decades.[2] The first edition, written in French, was promulgated by JP II on December 8, 1992.[3] During the process of preparing a Latin "typical edition,"…

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