In 2013, Archbishop Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky spoke with fellow advocates of abolishing the death penalty. In short, his comments to the crowd were:

“I’m against the use of the death penalty...[there is need for] thoughtful conversation to bring people to understand that the taking of a life, innocent or otherwise, will only beget more violence. The reason I stand against the death penalty is because I’m aware that violence will only beget more violence. And also the awareness that a culture of death is fed by violence. You and I cultivate in our own lives a sense of error when we take a life, innocent or otherwise."

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