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Bishop Peter Libasci Welcomes Repeal of Death Penalty in New Hampshire

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May 30, 2019

Bishop Peter Libasci Welcomes Repeal of Death Penalty in New Hampshire

(MANCHESTER, NH) The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, issued the following statement regarding the vote by the New Hampshire Senate that repeals the death penalty in New Hampshire: 

“I welcome the vote by the New Hampshire Senate today that repeals the death penalty. As a citizen of New Hampshire, I offer my deep appreciation and sincere empathy to the members of the Legislature for their deliberate and often very difficult process of debate and decision-making that is so much a part of their office and was especially so in this most serious matter.”

“As good citizens we must not look upon this vote as a victory, for that would dishonor the grief of those whose lives have been tragically altered by the crimes committed against their loved ones and society in general. Instead, we need to stand together as a citizenry and live by what we said when we spoke of human dignity, incarceration that rehabilitates, especially in cases of life without possibility of parole. Being part of a society that is committed to dealing with the ills that lead to the decomposition of personhood and the evil crime of murder is the work of a noble people who uphold the sacredness of human life. Now is the opportune time to recommit ourselves to participating in this responsible movement forward.”

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