Fixing Relations With Iran

Grind for August 6th, 2018
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– Marilyn Monroe

Speak Your Mind

The Headline

Activist pope changes Catholic Church’s stance on the death penalty

The Grind

Pope Francis has always complained about the death penalty, which he views as the voluntary taking of a sacred human life.

Last October, Francis announced plans to make a change to Catechism No. 2267, which had previously described the death penalty as an appropriate last option when “defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.”

The text now condemns the death penalty and encourages Catholics to work towards ending capital punishment.

The change was approved in May and announced this Thursday, with Francis describing the death penalty as an “inadmissible” attack on the inherent dignity of mankind.

The Details

According to Vatican officials, the change to the Catechism is an “evolution” of older teachings designed “to encourage the creation of conditions that allow for the elimination of the death penalty where it is still in effect.”

The change didn’t sit well with traditionalist Catholics, who argue that Francis has no right to change the Catechism.

“[Pope Francis] is in open violation of the authority recognized to him. And no Catholic has any obligation of obedience to abuse of authority,” tweeted Rorate Caeli, a traditionalist Catholic blog.

According to a 2016 Pew Research Poll, 49% of Americans and 43% of Catholics support the idea of capital punishment.

Playing Nice

The Headline

Trump says he is willing to meet with Iran

The Grind

President Trump on Monday said he is ready to meet with Iran “whenever they want to.”

The comment is somewhat at odds with Trump’s decision to pull out of the JCPOA and reinstate sanctions on Iran, as well as his threat to sanction any country which continues to purchase Iranian crude after November 4th.

Just a week ago, Iran President Hassan Rouhani said that Americans “must understand that war with Iran is the mother of all wars and peace with Iran is the mother of all peace.”

Trump responded with a blistering warning to Rouhani to “never, ever threaten the US again or you will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before.”

The Details

Sec. of State Mike Pompeo told reporters there would have to be some “preconditions” before a meeting with Iran after Trump suggested the opposite.

“If the Iranians demonstrate a commitment to make fundamental changes in how they treat their own people, reduce their malign behavior, can agree that it’s worthwhile to enter into a nuclear agreement that actually prevents proliferation, then the president said he’s prepared to sit down and have the conversation with them,” said Pompeo.

In response to Trump’s offer, Rouhani criticized Trump’s withdrawal from the JCPOA and said “the ball is in Europe’s court in the limited time remaining.”

Meanwhile, Rouhani is struggling with public outrage over economic struggles and backlash from lawmakers who demand to know why Iranian banks still have limited access to global financial services more than two years after the nation signed a deal that lifted economic sanctions.

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