Dr. Patrick Lee, professor of philosophy and the John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Chair in Bioethics, discusses the recent change in Catholic teaching on the morality of capital punishment.
Pope Francis has directed that the teaching of the universal Catholic Catechism be revised on capital punishment. Previously it indicated that capital punishment was not in principle morally wrong, yet unnecessary in the vast majority of cases.
Now the Catechism will teach that the death penalty is “inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.”
Patrick Lee is a professor of philosophy and holds the John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Chair in Bioethics. He is also the director of the Center for Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville. In this capacity he defends and articulates the Church’s position on a wide range of human life issues through his writings, debates, and public speaking engagements.