In response to the cases of Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheik, Bishop Declan Lang said:
“It is profoundly disappointing to see the Home Secretary failing to uphold the UK’s long-standing opposition to the death penalty. Capital punishment is the ultimate attack on a human person’s innate dignity, and as Pope Francis reminded us last year, “the death penalty is an inhumane measure that, regardless of how it is carried out, abases human dignity. It is per se contrary to the Gospel”.
“I urge our government to use every opportunity to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances.”
Bishop welcomes decline of death sentences and executions following the publishing of death penalty stats, 18 April 2018. Find more here.
Pope Francis focused on the death penalty in an address to participants in the meeting promoted by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. Synod Hall, Wednesday, 11 October 2017. Read it here.