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Catholics React To Clemency Denial

Roman Catholic Bishop Michael P. Driscoll expressed his dissappointment that the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole decided to decline the request for clemency. “I do not condonde Mr. Rhoades' action and share the justified anger and revulsion at the terrible crimes that have been committed,” Bishop Driscoll said in a letter written to Governor Butch Otter.  “I do take seriously my obligation as bishop to share and uphold our Catholic faith and moral tradition, including teaching on the death penalty.  The teaching, while comlex, is clear: Executions should not take place when other means, including life in prison without parole, can protect society from criminals seeking to do harm.” The bishop is asking Catholics throughout the state to write to the Parole Commission and ask the members to reconsider their decision/KPVI News 6. More here.

Question: Should Idaho Catholics be involved in the fight to save condemned murderer Paul Ezra Rhoades?

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