Church in US firmly opposes death penalty, appeals to God’s mercy

By Devin Watkins, 7 September 2020
Image: Vatican News.


As the United States government continues carrying out federal executions after a 17-year hiatus, Archbishop Paul Coakley expresses the Catholic Church’s dedication to opposing the death penalty.

The US Federal Government has carried out five executions so far this year. Two of those took place last week, and two more are scheduled for the end of September.

In response, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has expressed the Church’s opposition to the death penalty in no uncertain terms.

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City chairs the USCCB Commission on Domestic Justice and Human Development. He spoke to Vatican Radio about the Church’s position on the death penalty.

To listen to the interview and read the full article, click here.

With thanks to Vatican News and Devin Watkins.


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