Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"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