(RNS) — For too many Christians, the church is not 'a field hospital for the wounded,' in Pope Francis' words; it is a country club for the perfect.
(RNS) — The pope's recent change to the catechism is likely to face fierce opposition in the U.S., where 54 percent of the public — and 53 percent of Catholics — support capital punishment.
(RNS) — A vocal opponent of the death penalty, Francis also ordered a change to say the church will work 'with determination for its abolition worldwide.'
BOSTON (RNS) Potential jurors in bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial must be able to impose the death penalty. That standard eliminates most Catholics who heed their church's catechism.