A fatal error on capital punishment

When Pope Francis last week declared the death penalty “inadmissible,” politicians pounced. “The death penalty is a stain on our conscience,” tweeted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who proclaimed that he stood “in solidarity with Pope Francis” in “advancing legislation to remove the death penalty from NY law once and for all.” But the pope’s declaration, which contradicts two millennia of Catholic teaching, allies the Church with a public policy that would undermine justice and cost innocent lives.

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