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Inhuman, all too inhuman

Oct 12, 2017

“ONE HAS to strongly affirm that condemnation to the death penalty is an inhuman measure that humiliates personal dignity, in whatever form it is carried out. And is, of itself, contrary to the Gospel, because it is freely decided to suppress a human life that is always sacred in the eyes of the Creator, and of which, in the final analysis, God alone is the true judge and guarantor.”

Thus, spake Pope Francis just last Tuesday, Oct. 11, to an audience of cardinals, bishops, priests, nuns, catechists, and ambassadors from many countries on the 25th anniversary of the promulgation of the catechism.

This, in affirmation of a development of doctrine in the church and a change in the consciousness of the Christian people on the question of the death penalty, a report from America, a Catholic newsmedia, said.

Furthered the Pope: “No man ever, not even the murderer, loses his personal dignity, because God is a Father who always awaits the return of the son who, knowing that he has done wrong, asks pardon and begins a new life. For this reason, life cannot be taken away from anyone…(there being present) the possibility of a moral and existential redemption that will be to the favor of the community.”

The citation, a reiteration of the pontiff ’s observation in his letter to the President of the International Commission against the Death Penalty on March 20, 2015.

In fact, Francis has not been too shy of, indeed, he has been too direct in his opposition to the death penalty, making landmark speeches before the United States Congress and the United Nations in September 2015.

It has been observed though that on Tuesday, the Pope “took a much greater step than any of his predecessors by declaring publicly on a solemn occasion, directly related to the Catechism of the Catholic Church,” that the death penalty is “contrary to the Gospel” and “inadmissible,” making clear that the catechism must address the question in this more complete way.

“The pope’s comments and the timing of them suggest that a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church may be forthcoming to reflect this new development in the church’s understanding,” the America report said.

Given this development, how fares now Catholic Philippines? Ay, there are no judicial killings nga pala, as the death penalty has yet to be reimposed.

Which nullifies any and all so-called extrajudicial killings.

O, di ba?

Judicial or otherwise, killing is inhuman. The guilt of the victim notwithstanding.

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