Connections: Discussing Pope Francis' call for the abolition of the death penalty
Pope Francis is calling for a worldwide abolition of the death penalty. This represents a shift in Catholic teaching on the issue.
Our panel discusses the impact of the Pope’s new direction on the death penalty, both from a Catholic and general Christian perspective. We also discuss the meaning of life in that context. Our guests:
- Nancy Rourke, professor of religious studies and theology at Canisius College, and former director of the College's Catholic Studies program
- Harry Murray, professor of sociology, and coordinator of the Peace and Justice major at Nazareth College
- Reverend Matthew Martin Nickoloff, pastor of the South Wedge Mission
- Michael Tomb, criminal justice reform activist