In May, 2009 the court heard arguments on whether the method of execution in Washington State is cruel and unusual. With this issue again before the people of the State of Washington, the Catholic Bishops released a pastoral statement on the death penalty calling for a moratorium on executions in Washington State until the many questions surrounding capital punishment can be answered. The statement acknowledges the Church’s pastoral responsibility to care for victims’ families, friends and loved ones in response to the crime of murder, but also recognizes that violence in response to violence only perpetuates the illusion that cruelty and the taking of human life can balance the scales of justice.
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