In a statement, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, chair of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Pro-life Activities, said, “We pray that the court’s review of these protocols will lead to the recognition that institutionalized practices of violence against any person erode reverence for the sanctity of every human life. Capital punishment must end.”
Similarly, Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, chair of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, said recent executions have shown “how the use of the death penalty devalues human life and diminishes respect for human dignity.”
The prelates’ statements mirror statements of Pope Francis who last fall called on Christians and all people of good will to “fight….for the abolition of the death penalty…in all its forms,” out of respect of human life.
The U.S. bishops have been advocating against the death penalty for more than 40 years. In 2005 they initiated the Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty, which works closely with State Catholic Conferences, the Catholic Mobilizing Network and other groups to abolish the practice.
To read more about the Bishops’ statements, go to this USCCB article.