The author is Ed Mechmann, the Director of Public Policy for the Archdiocese of NY. I know Ed - great guy. Family man and graduate of Harvard Law School.
It takes about ten minutes to read the whole article, which is a re-posting onto National Review Online. I urge anyone interested in this subject to hit the link and read carefully.
The Holy Father’s teaching on the death penalty is a development, not a contradiction, because it adapts the same principles of the faith to new situations.
Editor’s Note: A version of this essay was previously published by the Archdiocese of New York.
Last week, the Holy See announced that Pope Francis had approved a revision to the Catechism of the Catholic Church regarding the death penalty. This has provoked considerable controversy, and I believe that is because many people haven’t fully understood exactly what has happened. The controversy has been over whether this new language contradicts prior Church teaching and thus casts into doubt the teaching authority of the Church. I am certain that it does not, and I will explain why.