Answering Common Objections to the Update on Capital Punishment

This week the Vatican updated the Catechism of the Catholic Church regarding the death penalty. It is now inadmissible. This is the second time this paragraph on the death penalty has been revised since the original publication of the Catechism in 1992. The first time was in 1995 after Saint John Paul II’s encyclical Evangelium Vitae. At that time Pope John Paul II specified that the need to use the death penalty was “rare, if non-existent.” Now the Church teaches that it is inadmissible.

Monsignor Stuart Swetland, host of Go Ask Your Father™ and Chief Religion Correspondent for Relevant Radio®, stops by The Drew Mariani Show™ to discuss this revision to the Catechism and to answer objections to the change from listeners.

Read the updated version of paragraph 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church here.

Stephanie Foley serves as a Digital Media Producer at Relevant Radio®. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she studied journalism, and she has worked in Catholic radio for 12 years. Stephanie is a wife, a mother of three boys, and in her free time she enjoys reading, running, and really good coffee. You can find more of Stephanie’s writing at and on the free Relevant Radio mobile app.