Leaders of the U.S. Bishops’ conference (USCCB) have urged the Trump administration to cease all federal executions, insisting that capital punishment is not necessary to protect society.
“We ask President Trump and Attorney General Barr, as an act of witness to the dignity of all human life: stop these executions,” wrote Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and Kansas City Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
The bishops released their statement this week as more federal executions have been scheduled for the coming weeks. On Thursday, the federal government executed Orlando Hall, a man convicted of kidnapping and raping a 16-year-old Texas girl, bludgeoning her with a shovel and burying her alive.
In their statement, the bishops noted that two more executions are scheduled for December. “We are now on pace for ten federal