President Benigno S. Aquino III greets His Eminence Orlando Cardinal Quevedo following the Thanksgiving Mass in celebration of his elevation to the College of Cardinals at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Quezon Avenue, Cotabato City on Tuesday (March 11). Cardinal Quevedo received his red hat and ring from Pope Francis during a solemn consistory at the St. Peter’s Basilica on February 22, 2014. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III greets His Eminence Orlando Cardinal Quevedo following the Thanksgiving Mass in celebration of his elevation to the College of Cardinals at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Quezon Avenue, Cotabato City on Tuesday (March 11). Cardinal Quevedo received his red hat and ring from Pope Francis during a solemn consistory at the St. Peter’s Basilica on February 22, 2014. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) slammed talks on the revival of the death penalty.

In a report from CBCP News, the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care (ECPPC) said: “…Taking away the life of someone, whom we have condemned, immobilized and rendered helpless with contraptions of death is a horrible lesson to teach our children, that human life is as disposable as any contraptions and trimmings of postmodern life.”

It said death penalty supporters should study other alternatives.

“Rather than take away precious human life, the Church wants to explore alternatives to mete out justice. For one, it seriously considers – and vigorously advocates – a shift in the paradigm of justice: from litigation to mediation; prosecution to healing; punishment to reform and rehabilitation: from the retributive to the restorative,” the ECPPC said.

It clarified that its stance against death penalty does not mean allowing criminals to go scot-free.

“The CBCP-ECPPC believes in Justice and it is ranked high in its hierarchy of values. Those who have transgressed the laws of the land should be held answerable and accountable after a fair trial; otherwise, they become effective endorsers of crime and criminal actions, and strong parody for the ethical adage that ‘crime does not pay,’’ it said.

Sen. Vicente Sotto III earlier urged lawmakers to revive the death penalty amid a rise in criminality.

Last week, Pope Francis called for the abolition of the death penalty in “all of its forms” and for the improvement of prison conditions.

He made the remarks during a talk with members of the International Association of Criminal Law whom he received in the Vatican.

Pope Francis said that the “life sentence” is really a “concealed death sentence”, which is why he had it annulled in the Vatican Penal Code. (MNS)