Actively Working to End the Death Penalty in Delaware: A Message from Father Roger DiBuo

October 13, 2014

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Father Roger DiBuo with CMN Advisory Board Member Abraham Bonowitz, and Sisters Ann Marie Slavin and Betty Kane of the Sisters of St. Francis in Philadelphia

By Father Roger DiBuo

Parishioners at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bear, Delaware are proud to play a supporting and active role in the Delaware Repeal Projects’ effort to advance legislation to end the use of the death penalty in our state.  We support the campaign frequently because our Parish happens to be located centrally among a number of important legislative districts.

As Pastor of Seton Parish, I am supportive of this effort and the endeavors of Delaware Repeal Project.  Often it takes time for others to understand the purpose of maintaining a “consistent ethic of life”.  And so, the work and the ministry continue with the efforts of many people and organizations, both civil and religious.

We embrace and celebrate the fact that our Parishioners can help reach a great number of Delaware legislators from the Catholic perspective of all life is sacred.  We hosted Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, when she was in the state. We’ve also served as a meeting spot for a Delaware Repeal volunteers gathering to receive training and materials prior to canvass nearby neighborhoods. We provided the opportunity for worshipers to put their faith into action by signing messages to elected officials following Mass.

I encourage my fellow Catholics to do as Pope John Paul II and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops asked: We must not only oppose the death penalty, but actively work to end it. In fact, Pope Benedict urged us to protect life by being actively engaged in the political processes in our country. At Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, we are doing exactly that!

Ready to take action? Check out CMN’s Legislative Talking Points for Delaware.

This article first appeared in CMN’s October 2014 newsletter.