Last updated on: 3/15/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Pope Francis Biography

Title:
266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“Indeed, nowadays the death penalty is unacceptable, however grave the crime of the convicted person. It is an offence to the inviolability of life and to the dignity of the human person; it likewise contradicts God’s plan for individuals and society, and his merciful justice. Nor is it consonant with any just purpose of punishment. It does not render justice to victims, but instead fosters vengeance. The commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ has absolute value and applies both to the innocent and to the guilty…

It must not be forgotten that the inviolable and God-given right to life also belongs to the criminal.”

“Francis’ Video Message at a Congress Against the Death Penalty – An Offence to the Inviolability of Life,” news.va, June 22, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, Mar. 2013-present
  • President, Bishops’ Conference of Argentina, 2005-2011
  • General Relator to the 10th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Episcopal Ministry, Oct. 2001
  • Cardinal, Roman Catholic Church of Argentina, 2001-2013
  • Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Feb. 1998-2013
  • Coadjutor Archbishop of Buenos Aires, June 1997-1998
  • Titular Bishop of Auca and Auxiliary of Buenos Aires, 1992-1998
  • Rector and Professor of Theology, Colegio of San Jose, 1980-86
  • Provincial of the Jesuits in Argentina, 1973-1979
  • Novice Master, Villa Barilari in San Miguel, 1972-1973
  • Ordained as Catholic Priest, 1969
  • Professor of Literature and Psychology, Colegio del Salvatore in Buenos Aires, 1966
  • Professor of Literature and Psychology, Immaculate Conception College, Santa Fe, 1964-1965
Education:
  • Graduated Theology, Colegio de San José in San Miguel, 1970
  • Graduated, Philosophy, Colegio de San José in San Miguel, 1963
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @Pontifex
  • Nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize
  • Named Person of the Year, Time magazine, December 2013
  • Lives in a 2-room apartment instead of the papal accommodations in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace where previous popes have lived
  • First Jesuit Priest to be named Pope, as well as the first non-European
  • Born Jorge Mario Bergogli in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Dec. 17, 1936
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?