In a way, though, it just reminds me of what the reformers did in the UK. Historians reckon that from the dissolution of the monasteries through the reign of Edward VI, almost all religious artwork of any kind was destroyed: essentially anything decorative but including paintings, music and books, statues and shrines, even graves, and most of the large libraries in the monasteries and universities were burned, including Oxford university library. They think that a good proportion of medieval paintings, works of English literature, and music were lost forever.
Don't know about the US but in UK you don't get to elect the judiciary. Separation of powers and all that. And no politician would offer a kind of penal reform on their election manifesto that would appeal only to and be only for prisoners.
I was responding to Cov, not you, Invicta. The thread moved on--it happens.
But if you want to go back to the OP, I'd challenge your assertion that just because many folk on the continent are nominally Catholic that therefore all the national governments are in thrall to the pope.
But unless we decide to shoot all criminals instead of imprisoning them then we must choose what they get to do and what they don't get to do. We don't deny prisoners opportunities to read and study, so why not give them the opportunity to vote. I'd flip it and make them vote--increase their terms if they didn't. Make them read the manifestos of all the major parties and have them show they understand the election process. It would be too expensive of course, but what a rehabilitation that would be. After all, I expect a lot of prisoners don't care to vote and have never voted.
Well just on that point I can have a bit of sympathy with the guy. My middle age spread seems to have endowed me with somewhat more feminine features on the upper torso that I don't recall having a few years ago.
That seems like a pretty short list to me--I think I agree with what it contains and what it is limited to. Just on this forum I've heard plenty of additional things stated as needing to be understood and believed in order to be saved. Some off the top of my head (just from this forum):
--Doctrine of OSAS.
-- OT / NT as innerant scripture.
--Jesus' virgin birth.
--Mature understanding of the Trinity.
--Eternal conscious torment
And although you say that your list contains only one item, GP, I suspect that this item is actually short-hand for a longer list.