After a three-year break, Ohio resumed executions by giving a lethal injection to Ronald Phillips. Mr. Phillips became the 54th person executed in Ohio since executions resumed in 1999.
The Catholic Church believes that the death penalty is an unnecessary and systemically flawed form of punishment. The Catholic Bishops of Ohio sought mercy for Mr. Phillips because of the belief that spiritual conversion is possible and that all life – even that of the worst offender – has value and dignity.
May his soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Statement by Sister Helen Prejean