Letter from Rome

Pope Francis says we can no longer defend teachings that now clearly contradict the Gospel.

By Robert Mickens
Vatican city: 

Much noise has been made about Pope Francis’ forceful call this past week to strengthen the Church’s official opposition to the death penalty.

And rightly so.

The pope said that "no matter how serious the crime that has been committed, the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and the dignity of the person."

But he said something even more important than that this past Wednesday in an address to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the universal Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). We’ll get to that in a moment.

For now recall that Saint John Paul II promulgated the CCC in 1992, though the English version did not appear until more than a year later. That’s because the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith rejected the inclusive language translation that Cardinal Bernard Law had commissioned. Yes, it was he! But that’s a whole other story.

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