Missouri’s Catholic Bishops Criticize Escalating Number of Executions

Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Missouri has executed one death row inmate each month since Novemberincluding William Rousan this week.

Another execution is set for next month, and then one a month for the rest of this year and into the next, according to St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCullough.

And that’s just too much, according to Missouri’s Catholic Bishops.

The Missouri Catholic Conference’s says capital punishment disregards the sanctity and dignity of human life and promotes violence as a solution to some of society’s problems.

Bishops’ spokeswoman Rita Lindhart says Pope John Paul the Second even addressed this when he came to St. Louis in 1999.

“The fact that he came right around the time an execution was scheduled, and he asked then-governor Carnahan to show mercy to Darrell Mease, who was the person to be executed, and Gov. Carnahan did follow through on that and commuted his sentence.”

Missouri’s bishops are calling on the Catholic faithful to let their lawmakers know of their opposition to the death penalty.

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