Episcopal leaders step up fight against death penalty

Episcopal News Service reports that long-held opposition to the death penalty on the part of Episcopal leaders is gaining traction as more states move to abolish capital punishment:

The Episcopal Church officially has opposed the death penalty for more than half a century, and its advocacy is gaining traction as momentum builds across the country to end capital punishment. Bishops and other church leaders are writing letters, joining coalitions, testifying before legislators and publicly demonstrating their opposition to the death penalty.

The Church first passed a resolution against capital punishment in 1958, and that has been reaffirmed by multiple conventions since then. Read story here.

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