“The new revision of number 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, approved by Pope Francis, affirms that the understanding of the inadmissibility of the death penalty grew in the light of the Gospel. This new revision also affirms the Church’s teaching on the gift of life, from conception to natural death, understanding the inviolability and the dignity of the person because we are all created by God for God. This new revision follows the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, again speaking to the gift of life. Certainly, it remains the duty of public authorities to defend the life of citizens, as has always been taught by the Magisterium and is confirmed by the Catechism of the Catholic Church in numbers 2265 and 2266.
No matter the time, the people of God have a great responsibility to teach all people about God’s love and goodness and to walk with each other in faith, so that God’s Peace might dwell in the heart of all people. Then, and only then, will the Kingdom of God be fulfilled on earth.
The people of the Diocese of Orlando have historically led prayer services across our nine counties, including outside of the Florida State Prison where executions take place. We pray not only for the victims of crimes, but also those who are being punished for these crimes.”
By Bishop Noonan – August 2, 2018