CBCP-ECMI Statement on Death Penalty

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines
Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care
of Migrants and Itinerant People

The Diocese of Balanga is against death penalty and will work together to actively oppose its restoration through legislation.

God gives life. He is the author of life. It is His gift to us, as His gracious gift we have to treasure and cherish at all times, at all cost. We must protect and preserve life, and not inflict death.

Our faith teaches and shows that there is always hope and healing to anyone even bad can still be saved. Healing and conversion are offered to all. Salvation is at hand to those who seek God’s forgiveness and repents. We have God of mercy and He will not refuse a contrite heart.

We, at the CBCP ECMI, has always worked and made appeals for mercy and clemency for our OFW’s incarcerated in foreign countries. It is unconscionable that death penalty be imposed in our land. This would certainly send a wrong message, contradictory example to those countries.

The death penalty has no place in a civilized society. We must all work for and support restorative justice, strict reforms and uphold the dignity of every human beings.

Our Lord Jesus reminds that “I have come that they may have life, life with its fullness” (John 10,10).

+Ruperto Cruz Santos
Bishop of Balanga
and CBCP ECMI chair
06 December 2016

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