Vatican at odds with Donald Trump, who advocates capital punishment for drug dealers, terrorists and ‘perverts’
Pope Francis has said the death penalty is “inadmissible” and that the Catholic church would work for its abolition across the world.
Capital punishment was “an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person”, Francis said in a change to Catholic teaching.
The church previously viewed the death penalty, carried out by a legitimate authority after a fair trial, as an “appropriate response to the gravity of certain crimes and an acceptable, albeit extreme, means of safeguarding the common good”, according to a Vatican statement.
But, it added, there was an increasing awareness today that the dignity of the person was not lost even after “the commission of very serious crimes”.