May 1, 2012
The California Secretary of State’s office announced in April that The SAFE California initiative had qualified to appear on the ballot in November. If passed, this initiative would eliminate the death penalty in California, converting all current death sentences to life without the possibility of parole.
From the statement from the California bishops:
We support this initiative because as Catholics we hold human life as sacred and believe that in the exercise of justice, this principle must prevail in the manner we treat one another, even for those who have done grave harm. We also support this initiative because as citizens we find the use of the death penalty unnecessary, impractical and expensive. Passage of the initiative will save the state of California millions of dollars that can be directed toward protecting society, solving violent crimes and more effective enforcement of current laws.
The passage of the SAFE California initiative will also provide sound and timely justice for the victims of crimes and their families. Acknowledging their suffering should be a concern of all and their healing is the focus of our prayer.
Also, please pray on May 10th
for those who work with prisoners – the Catholic prison chaplains will be meeting at St. Anthony Retreat.
Detention Ministry Coordinator