This week Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law a bill ending the death penalty in Maryland.Governor O’Malley, a Catholic, actively campaigned for the bill that made Maryland the sixth state in six years to end the death penalty. Overall, 18 states now have abolished capital punishment.
Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, California, who chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, praised Maryland’s actions, calling it a courageous step toward a culture of life. Expressing his solidarity with victims and their families, Bishop Blaire commented that, “We must lift up the dignity of all human life-even for those convicted of the worst crimes.”
The U.S. bishops have long called for the end of the use of the death penalty. To read more about the USCCB statement, click here.