US: Bishops Condemn Decision Preventing Muslim Man from Receiving Spiritual Care at Execution

Posted February 9, 2019 1:41 pm by ZENIT Staff

US: Bishops Condemn Decision Preventing Muslim Man from Receiving Spiritual Care at Execution

On February 7, 2019, the State of Alabama executed Domineque Ray, a Muslim man whose request to have an imam present at his execution was denied by the U.S. Supreme Court by a vote of 5-4. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Chairman of the USCCB Committee for Religious Liberty, and Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, on February 8, 2019, issued a statement, which reads:
“The execution of Domineque Ray deeply troubles us. The death penalty itself is an affront to human dignity, and the Church has long called for

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