Louisiana bishop urges state to put an end to capital punishment

Louisiana’s bipartisan push to abolish the death penalty received an extra boost this week from Bishop Shelton Fabre of the diocese of Houma-Thibodaux.

In an editorial in The Advocate, the state’s largest newspaper, the bishop called the practice “inconsistent with Louisiana’s values.”

“Ours is one of the most religious states in the country, with more than 70 percent of Louisianans identifying as highly devout,” he wrote. “Extinguishing the life of another person through the death penalty is simply out of step with our values, and our laws should be updated.”

In March, the state held a nearly 5-hour hearing on the death penalty to hear testimony, where representatives heard from both advocates and opponents of the practice.

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