To the editor:
I want to thank Father Kevin McKenna for his letter to the editor (“Death penalty ‘inadmissible’”) in the September issue of the Catholic Courier regarding Pope Francis’ request before Congress in 2015 asking Americans to end the use of the death penalty and clarifying the teaching of the Catholic Church about Capital Punishment: “It is ‘inadmissible’ in all cases because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.”
Father McKenna ends his letter with the words: “We cannot teach respect for life by taking life.”
This teaching and Father’s statement should challenge the thinking of Catholics, especially as we approach this Election Day!
William J. Irwin
West Water Street