Submitted by Sarah on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:43.
In one of his strongest statements against the death penalty to date, Pope Francis said that capital punishment “is inadmissible, no matter how serious the crime committed.” The Pope’s comments were submitted a forceful call to the International Commission against the Death Penalty in Madrid.
The Pope added that the death penalty “contradicts God’s plan for man and society” and “does not render justice to the victims, but rather fosters vengeance.”
He acknowledged society's need to protect itself but said, "When the death penalty is applied, it is not for a current act of aggression, but rather for an act committed in the past. It is also applied to persons whose current ability to cause harm is not current, as it has been neutralized – they are already deprived of their liberty."