Pope Francis and the Death Penalty: What Catholics should understand

The change in the Catechism of the Catholic Church regarding the teachings on capital punishment has been presented by the secular media, as it presents every story that involves the Catholic Church, with absolutely no context in which these changes have been made. For Catholics who, for a variety of reasons, are not as connected to their Faith as Catholics have been in the past, it can be difficult to understand the changes that occur within the Church. It is however paramount that Catholics do so, for in better understanding the Church, we better understand ourselves.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://legiochristi.com/pope-francis-and-the-death-penalty/