Church Speaks Up Amid Talk of Death Penalty

PANAMA CITY, Panama, APR. 3, 2001 (Zenit.org).- The Catholic Church in Panama has voiced its opposition to a proposal to establish the death penalty, particularly as a means to combat crime.

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In its weekly bulletin “Panorama Catolico,” the Church notes, “It is not by taking the killer´s life that we give life back to the victim.”

“Society certainly has the legitimate right and inalienable duty to sanction and punish delinquents, but there is a great distance between this [right] and its extension to the power to kill,” the Church added.

The Church´s position was clarified in the bulletin, after a congressman said he would present legislation to establish the death penalty, in the face of Panama´s rise in crime. Recently, President Mireya Moscoso expressed opposition to this measure.

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