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Archbishop Aquila supports Colorado bill abolishing death penalty
The Colorado Legislature will consider a bill this week that would abolish the death penalty. The House Judiciary Committee is expected to hear House Bill 1264 at 1:30 p.m. March 19.
In a March 13 column for the Denver Catholic Register, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver wrote that “True justice requires us to respect the dignity of all human persons, even criminals. … It seems hard to imagine that a killer in America or in much of the world could not be controlled or contained in prison.”
He described capital punishment as a would-be solution that causes more of the problem it aims to remedy.
“The problem with the death penalty is that in trying to solve the problem of violence, we take up violence as our tool,” explained Archbishop Aquila. “Christians need to stop the cycles of violence that erode our souls—we need to stop participating in the culture of death. Instead of deterring crime, the culture of death makes all of us more open to evil and violence and crime.”
“I support the abolition of the death penalty because I want to respond to evil with love. It is my hope that every person on death row, indeed every person, will have the opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ, to repent, and to know the Father’s mercy and love.”
For the full text of the Archbishop’s column, see http://www.archden.org/index.cfm/ID/10004.