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Kentucky’s Catholic Bishops Reject Executions,

Even for McVeigh

Frankfort, KY (June 8, 2001) –Kentucky’s Roman Catholic bishops are releasing a statement rejecting the use of the death penalty, even in the case of the Oklahoma City bomber, Timothy McVeigh.

The bishops’ statement reaffirms the Church’s teaching that all human life, in all its conditions, must be respected. According to Scott Wegenast, policy analyst for CCK, "Executing citizens, even those who have committed horrible crimes, demonstrates that our government fails to recognize the most basic human right, the right to life. The Church’s opposition to executions serves to reaffirm our humanity in the face of inhumane behavior."

Calling for a day of prayer and reflection for the bombing victims, their families, McVeigh and our Nation, the bishops hope that citizens will recognize the violence of the death penalty and support its repeal. The bishops supported legislation in the 2001 Kentucky General Assembly to abolish the death penalty. House Bill 122, sponsored by Representative Tom Burch (Louisville), would have repealed the death sentence in place of life in prison without possibility of parole.

Fr. Pat Delahanty, a policy analyst for CCK, stated, "The federal government, as well as Kentucky, must abandon the death penalty as have all developed nations. Twelve U.S. states and the District of Columbia have abandoned the death penalty, including our neighbor West Virginia." CCK will again seek legislation to abolish the death penalty in the 2002 General Assembly.

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