Bishop of the Diocese of Diocese of Venice, Florida; Chairman, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development

“I have signed the Pledge. Catholics and all like-minded individuals need to sign it; it is a pledge that will go about urging people to educate, advocate, and pray for an end to capital punishment. This pledge will provide an encouragement to parish priests to begin to talk more about the death penalty, not just saying the same thing every time, but to really bring it into the discussion.  It is a matter of life, so they need to be talking about it,”