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Catholic Bishop rallies Jamaicans against death penalty

Published:Friday | October 10, 2014 | 1:31 PM

Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kingston, Reverend Charles Dufour, is urging Christians and other Jamaicans to work for the abolition of the death sentence, which he says was for a time when the world had no other options.

Today is being marked as the World Day against the Death Penalty.

Reverend Dufour says while Jamaica has put a pause on hanging, it still hangs like a scepter over the heads of citizens.

He has acknowledged that brutal crimes, such as murder, must receive swift and decisive responses to restore order and begin to make Jamaicans feel safe again.

However, he says he does not believe that such a response should reproduce the disrespect for the sacredness of every human life.

The Roman Catholic Archbishop argues that the death penalty is for a world with no other options for dealing with what he has described as these monstrous crimes.

Reverend Dufour says Christians should work for the abolition of the death penalty and comprehensive reform of the justice system.


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