Catholic church supports death penalty ruling

Catholic church supports death penalty ruling

The Catholic Bishops of Washington State applauded Thursday’s decision by the state Supreme Court to abolish the death penalty in Washington.

Today the court ruled that the death penalty violates Washington’s Constitution because it is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner.

The state has executed 78 people since 1904. The last person executed in the state was in 2010.

“We applaud the unanimous state Supreme Court decision issued today finding the death penalty unconstitutional,” said Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle. “The Catholic Church’s consistent belief is that every human life is sacred from conception until natural death – it is this principle that has energized our efforts for decades to abolish the death penalty.”

Earlier this year, Washington’s Catholic Bishops provided testimony in support of legislation to repeal the death penalty.

The court order that people who are currently on Washington’s death row have their sentences converted to life in prison.