A Closer Look with Sheila Liaugminas, August 10, 2018

On today’s show: Changing Catholic Teaching on the Death Penalty – Guest: Father Robert Gahl

  • Catholic teaching on capital punishment: How are Catholics to understand the Pope’s recent revision of the Catechism? Archbishop Gomez (Los Angeles) offers a new book. What is the role of a prison? Medicinal effects, restorative effects. What prompted the Holy Father to act at this time?
  • The need for forgiveness. Caller: How would the Pope’s new teaching apply to a 3rd World country with scarce prison resources? Is the Pope’s decision infallible? What is the difference between “dogma” and “doctrine”? Can a future pope change this whole thing?
  • Caller: I disagree with Father Gahl; the Pope was very clear. Catholic teaching has changed.
  • Caller: I’ve worked in a maximum-security prison for 25 years; I agree with the Holy Father’s decision. Catholic tradition regarding those in prison. Is “change” the right word to describe this pronouncement?