. Great Doctors of the Church and Saints have spoken or written about capital punishment. Ann Barnhardt lists several of them, along with their arguments.
As for me, Jorge Bergolio's declaration fails the logic test. If someone commits such a heinous crime that they can no longer be allowed to live in society, and has no hope of changing their ways, then by saying that capital punishment is off the board you are saying that this person, through their misdeeds, has now obligated the very society which they offended to feed them, house them, and keep them safe for the rest of their natural life.
That is wrong. That is illogical. That re-victimizes the victims of the original crimes. And therefor, it cannot be true church doctrine.
Jorge Bergolio isn't the anti-Christ. But he is an anti-Pope, and as such, I feel no need whatsoever to listen to him, nor follow his teachings. And I am not the only one in this regard
You may have read that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has recently announced the the Catechism of the Catholic Church will be amended to teach that the Death Penalty, i.e. the judicial condemnation of an evil-doer to death, by competent authority, is now to be considered always inadmissible.
Leaving aside any discussion of particulars, and making reference only to the general principle, such a position runs contrary to the natural law and constant teaching of the Church.
The Holy See is apparently in error, and in my view, no Catholic should feel himself bound to the Catechism in this regard.
Please pray for the Pope and the bishops.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.