Delaware Catholic Action Network of the Diocese of Wilmington is asking Catholics to support Senate Bill 40 toDioc repeal the death penalty, which is scheduled to come before the House of Representatives, tomorrow Jan. 28.
Pope Francis has called for the end to the death penalty. He said in and October 2014 address, “It is impossible to imagine that states today cannot make use of another means other than capital punishment to defend peoples’ lives from an unjust aggressor.”
Bishop Malooly has previously supported ending capital punishment in Delaware. In a 2013 letter to Delaware lawmakers, the bishop said, the bishop wrote: “We are taught by Christ to visit the imprisoned, to minister to them, and to encourage them to change because in spite of their crimes, they remain children of God. We never lose sight of our foundational belief that even the worst of offenders are our brothers and sisters who are offered through Christ forgiveness and eternal life.”
Delaware Catholic Action Network for the Diocese of Wilmington said this week it expects the vote to be close on Thursday. In asking Catholics to support Senate Bill 40 in an email to members it wrote: “We need every vote. You can help make a difference. Thank you for your prayerful consideration during this Holy Year of Mercy.”
The network included an email link for Catholics to contact representatives to express support for the death penalty repeal: https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/uMX5h6t2i5mvu4X6eV6aiw