“Well it is a progression, and an understandable progression in Catholic doctrine. Governments have a variety of methods to protect society from harm, and so the death penalty is not necessary," Schmalz said. "Along with that is the Catholic emphasis upon mercy, which Pope Francis really wants to strongly emphasize in his pontificate.”
You can listen to the entire interview at Radio FM4’s website.
Religious Studies Professor Discusses Pope Francis’ New Stance on Capital Punishment
Radio FM4 in Austria