The bishops of the United States have reaffirmed their opposition to the death penalty.
The bishops of the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. have reaffirmed their opposition to the death penalty, reports the Boston Boston, town, England
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Their statement, "A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death," approved at the U.S. bishops' annual November meeting, argues that the U.S. cannot "teach that killing is wrong by killing those who kill."
The statement follows on a new episcopal e·pis·co·pal
1. Of or relating to a bishop.
2. Of, relating to, or involving church government by bishops.
3. Episcopal Of or relating to the Episcopal Church. initiative to end the use of the death penalty, inaugurated this year by the bishops to build on the declining support for capital punishment capital punishment, imposition of a penalty of death by the state. History
Capital punishment was widely applied in ancient times; it can be found (c.1750 B.C.) in the Code of Hammurabi. among Catholics, less than 50 percent of whom think it should be used.