Philippine Church officials welcome change in Church teaching on death penalty


A Filipino Catholic Church official has welcomed the change made by Pope Francis to the Catechism of the Catholic Church declaring death penalty as “inadmissible”, and has reiterated the call by the country’s Catholic Church against the government’s plan to bring back capital punishment.

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“The purpose of punishment is rehabilitation and not vengeance,” stressed Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, chairman of the Commission on the Laity of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).  “Death is totally unacceptable because there are now means to rehabilitate those who commit crime while protecting the community,” he said in an interview on Radio Veritas of Manila Archdiocese.

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