The controversy over the Holy Father’s substitution of CCC par. 2267 continues.
Keep in mind that, while the teaching of CCC 2267 concerns the death penalty, the real problem is that the Pope seems to have contradicted what the Church has always taught about something, in this case a contingent moral choice about a tiny percentage of criminals. If that doctrine can be diametrically changed, what else can be diametrically changed? At the very least seeming to contradict the Church’s teaching is hardly less bad, since the role of the Pope and of the CCC itself is to remove doubts and bring clarity and foster unity.
Recently a really good book came out about the issue concerned in CCC 2267.
Edward Feser and Joseph Bessette. Ignatius Press.
Also, I direct you to Ed Feser’s website. There he has posted useful links about the topic of the death penalty and about the Catechism.
In a new article at Catholic Herald, I analyze the recent revision to the Catechism in greater detail. I argue that there are three serious problems with it.
An op-ed on the revision by Joseph Bessette, my co-author on By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed, appears at The Wall Street Journal.
Joe and I were recently interviewed by LifeSiteNews. Today I did a Skype interview on the subject with Michael Knowles at The Daily Wire.
At Public Discourse, Prof. Korey Maas comments on my arguments concerning capital punishment and their relationship to the controversy over Dignitatis Humanae.
On the religious liberty point I highly recommend that last link. V2’s Declaration Dignitatis humanae also seems to rest on “dignity of the human person” which is “inviolable.” Really interesting. It provides a good status quaestionis in a matter that so troubled, for example, Archbp. Lefevbre and members of the SSPX.