To End the Death Penalty
“All Christians and people of good will are thus called today to fight not only for the abolition of the death penalty, whether legal or illegal, and in all its forms, but also in order to improve prison conditions, with respect for the human dignity of the people deprived of their freedom” – Pope Francis
“The number of persons from death row who have been exonerated shows how easy it is for our society to be wrong. One estimate (from the Catholic Mobilizing Network) puts the number at 158 exonerations since 1973. We’ve had so-called ye-witnesses, who are absolutely sure a man committed a crime—until DNA evidence proves them wrong. They weren’t liars. They just remembered wrong, something we all do all the time, though in less serious matters. Sadly, “Oops, we made a mistake. Sorry,” is pretty inadequate in this instance and cannot undo a mistaken execution.”
From the USCCB Media Blog
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