MIAMI — The Archdiocese of Miami will hold a prayer vigil for a Florida death row inmate and former policeman ahead of his scheduled Dec. 11 execution.
“Recourse to the death penalty is both cruel and unnecessary,” Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami said Dec. 7. “Modern society has the means of protecting itself. We do not make the case that killing is wrong by killing.”
Manuel Pardo Jr., 56, is a former police officer from Sweetwater, Fla. He admitted to the 1986 murders of alleged drug dealers, a confidential informant and two women who he said owed him money. He was convicted in 1988 after his admission.
Father Christopher Marino, the rector of Miami’s St. Mary Cathedral, will...READ MORE