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Bishops Laud Stance Against Executions

September 20, 1997|From Times Wire Services

U.S. Roman Catholic bishops have welcomed the Vatican's strengthening of the church's opposition to the death penalty as expressed in the new Latin version of the Catechism, Catholicism's chief summary of doctrine.

The Vatican announced last week that the Catechism's teaching on the death penalty was being revised to bring it more in line with views of by Pope John Paul II.

Bishop William S. Skylstad of Spokane, Wash., said the U.S. Roman Catholic Church has called into question the necessity of capital punishment, in the context of its respect for all life.

"Within our culture, we are tragically turning to violence in the search for quick and easy answers to complex human problems," Skylstad said.

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