This week the MCC called on Governor Nixon to halt executions in light of the botched execution in Oklahoma and the Ohio execution in January that had similar problems. In the letter the MCC noted “a pattern is emerging of serious flaws with the lethal injection process in this country. This cannot be ignored.” The MCC requested that all executions be halted until a “thorough, open investigation of Missouri’s execution practices can be completed.”
In the letter, the MCC reminded Governor Nixon of Catholic teaching that opposes the use of the death penalty because it disregards the sanctity and dignity of the person while continuing the cycle of violence.
The letter included a copy of the Good Friday statement on the death penalty released by the Catholic bishops, expressing their concern about the escalation of executions taking place in our state and calling on Catholics to work to end the death penalty.
Posted: May 2, 2014