Indeed, nowadays the death penalty is unacceptable, however grave the crime of the convicted person. It is an offence to the inviolability of life and to the dignity of the human person; it likewise contradicts God’s plan for individuals and society, and his merciful justice.
As he ended his comments the Pope described punishment without hope as “torture”:
There is no fitting punishment without hope! Punishment for its own sake, without room for hope, is a form of torture, not of punishment. Here is the video the Pope sent. To read the full text, click here.
If any readers are speaking with Catholic legislators who resist supporting abolition, ask if they have been paying attention to this and other recent statements by the Pope about the church’s clear teaching on this issue.
The Pope noted that public opinion is shifting regarding the use of the death penalty. KCADP is confident that is the case in Kentucky and is continuing to build capacity all over the state, focusing on finding even more persons who have worked in law enforcement to support abolition.
The 2016 Kentucky State Fair is in August and again KCADP will sponsor a booth offering materials and conversation for those wanting more information about how we plan to end the death penalty in our state. Should you wish to volunteer, please email the KCADP chairperson of the board.