Following Gov. Kevin Stitt’s decision to reject clemency for James Coddington, the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City and The Most Rev. David A. Konderla, Bishop of Tulsa & Eastern Oklahoma, released statements condemning Coddington’s execution.
“No matter how serious the crime committed, we do not forfeit the dignity bestowed upon us by God. Governor Stitt’s denial of clemency to James Coddington is disappointing. There are other ways to administer just punishment for crimes without resorting to lethal measures that do not align with our state’s pro-life values and only serve to perpetuate the cycle of violence. Pray for an end to the death penalty. Pray that our leaders may have the wisdom and compassion to recognize the humanity in every person, regardless of their state in life. Pray for the victims of violence and their families that God brings them comfort and peace. Pray for the soul of the condemned and those who will be involved with his execution.”