White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday that President Biden was “opposed” to the federal death penalty, but offered no details on a possible stoppage of its use.
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Last summer, the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops had called the state’s denial of a chaplain for Gutierrez “an egregious rejection of the possibility of forgiveness and redemption while the state commits the violence of an execution.”
COMMENTARY: It matters if the penalty is just or unjust, although it could be argued that today capital punishment is ‘inadmissible’ because the modern state is no longer competent to administer it.
Leading U.S. bishops have called for a stop to the executions, pointing to the season of Advent.
With a change of administrations occurring on Jan. 20, the Trump administration is on track for ten executions in 2020 and three more before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Theologian Father Thomas Petri of the Dominican House of Studies says that Pope Francis is speaking in continuity with recent popes including Pope St. John Paul II, who issued “a very strong statement” about capital punishment in his 1995 encyclical Evangelium Vitae.
The major-party U.S. presidential platforms take opposing sides on capital punishment, Trump in support and Biden newly opposed.
On Wednesday, the federal government executed a Navajo man convicted of a double murder, Lezmond Mitchell, despite the objections of the Navajo Nation, on whose territory the crime took place.
COMMENTARY: Cardinal Tobin’s letter to President Trump, requesting clemency for a convicted murderer, drew attention to a pair of important aspects of the Church’s contemporary consideration of capital punishment.
Bishop Baylon called on lawmakers to enact policies that respect human dignity and focus on “a justice that promotes healing and rehabilitation."