Bishops’ Chairmen Renew Push to End Death Penalty, Cite Progress of Last Decade

To commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the bishops Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty and their accompanying message, “A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death, the chairmen of two committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) renewed their opposition to the death penalty.

In a July 16th message, Bishop Sean P. O’Malley of Boston and Thomas Wenski of Miami noted, “Our faith tradition offers a unique perspective on crime and punishment, one grounded in mercy and healing, not punishment for its own sake, no matter how heinous the crime, if society can protect itself without ending a human life, it should do so.” The bishops cited progress over the last decade, including several states abolishing the death penalty, other states enacting moratoriums and death sentences being at their lowest level since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976.  They also note Pope Francis’ call for an end to the use of the death penalty. You can read the full statement here.

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