Catholic, Evangelical Leaders Issue Holy Week Call to End the Death Penalty

This week, while Christians focus on commemorating the torture, suffering, and execution of Jesus, prominent Catholic and evangelical leaders are urging public officials to end the use of capital punishment.

“All who reverence the sanctity of human life, created in the image of God, must never remain silent when firing squads, lethal injections, electric chairs and other instruments of death are viewed as morally acceptable,” notes a statement signed by nearly 400 Catholic theologians, religious women, Christian evangelical leaders, and faith-based social justice advocates.

The Holy Week push comes at a time when a diverse set of religious leaders are speaking out against the death penalty and several high-profile cases are drawing national attention. Pope Francis recently spoke out against the death penalty calling it cruel, inhumane, and degrading. To view the entire letter and signatories, click here.

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