A group of 75 Catholic scholars have written an open letter to the cardinals of the Church asking them to intervene to put an end to the “scandal” of
Pope Francis’ recent teaching against the death penalty.
en.news In an unprecedented move, 45 Catholic academics and clergy have signed an Appeal to the Cardinals, urging them to tell Pope Francis that he must teach the true Catholic doctrine concerning capital punishment.
The appeal follows an addition to the Catechism of the Catholic Church announced by Francis on August 2.
The confusingly worded addition has been understood to say that capital punishment is intrinsically immoral. Such a claim runs contrary to the Bible and the Church's teaching.
Catholics hold that the Pope has no right to invent new doctrines, or to contradict the Church's teaching.
The petition reminds the cardinals that they have a serious obligation to warn Francis to withdraw the offending paragraph, and that he must not "adulterate the word of God".