Ask Tony: Did the CCC 2267 Rescript Change Catholic Doctrine?

Posted August 9, 2018 5:38 pm by Anthony S. Layne

Ask Tony: Did the CCC 2267 Rescript Change Catholic Doctrine?

Many people argue that the rescript issued on August 2, which changed Paragraph 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to call the death penalty “inadmissible,” was a change of doctrine. In fact, some have gone so far as to treat it as a heresy on a level with denying the divinity of Christ. One writer nastily asserted that the rescript was intended to distract us from the current round of sexual scandals cropping up in the wake of Abp. Theodore McCarrick’s fall from power. Others less hysterically inclined have noted that the new formulation avoids calling capital punishment

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