(Lima) Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, Archbishop of Lima and Primate of Peru, criticized a statement of the Peruvian Episcopal Conference (CEP) on the death penalty. Part of the Peruvian episcopate supports the abortion and gay campaign of the right-wing liberal party Peruanos Por el Kambio (PPK).
The candidate of the PPK, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (the party symbol corresponds to the first letter of his name), was behind Keiko Fujimori with 29 percent of the vote in the first round of the presidential election. Fujimori is the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000), who is in the lead with 39 percent.
Cardinal Cipriani lamented the "gaps" in the press release, which have omitted part of Catholic social and moral teaching. "In our time, when there are thousands and thousands of abortion deaths", it should not be that the bishops speak about the death penalty, which has already been abolished in Peru, but do not mention the killing of unborn children, "because abortion is a guaranteed death penalty for unborn child, who is executed in our country. "
Since 2014, the killing of an unborn child in Peru is legal when the mother's health is at risk. The so-called therapeutic abortion contradicts the right to life and Catholic doctrine.
The document of the Episcopal Conference states that the death penalty is inadmissible. Given Pope Francis is quoted as saying the fact that "often totalitarian regimes and groups of fanatics" promote the death penalty and execute.
Cardinal Cipriani fully disagrees. The reality shows that the "death penalty of abortion" is as much a problem of democratic states.
It is an open secret that the Cardinal who doesn't count on Opus Dei in the Peruvian episcopate as his only friends. The recent statement of the Peruvian Episcopal Conference is an indication that a majority is now setting the tone.
Since it is not the bishops' conference, but each bishop, who is responsible for his diocese, the Cardinal made a public statement in order to distance himself from the "incomplete" explanation.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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