October 17, 2019
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City released this statement for October's Respect Life Month. He addresses the importance of human dignity in all circumstances, with an emphasis on the death penalty in his statement.
Read an excerpt from the statement below:
"While the Church is coming to a clearer appreciation of the incongruity of the death penalty with our fundamental conviction about human dignity and the sanctity of every human life, other factors also are leading to a growing realization in society that the time has come to eliminate the death penalty."