NEW REVISION OF NUMBER 2267
OF THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
ON THE DEATH PENALTY –
RESCRIPTUM “EX AUDIENTIA SS.MI”
The Supreme Pontiff Francis, in the audience granted on 11 May 2018 to the
Prefect of the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has
approved the following new draft of no. 2267 of the
Catechism of the
Catholic Church, arranging for it to be translated into various languages and inserted in
all the editions of the aforementioned Catechism.
The death penalty
2267. Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority,
following a fair trial, was long considered an appropriate response to the
gravity of certain crimes and an acceptable, albeit extreme, means of
safeguarding the common good.
Today, however, there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the
person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes. In addition,
a new understanding has emerged of the significance of penal sanctions imposed
by the state. Lastly, more effective systems of detention have been developed,
which ensure the due protection of citizens but, at the same time, do not
definitively deprive the guilty of the possibility of redemption.
Consequently, the Church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that “the death
penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity
of the person”, and she works with
determination for its abolition worldwide.
 Francis, Address to
Participants in the Meeting organized by the Pontifical Council for the
Promotion of the New Evangelization, 11 October 2017: L’Osservatore
Romano, 13 October 2017, 5.