Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Papua New Guinea bishops speak out against death penalty

Catholic World News - May 15, 2013

Amid increasing violence, including the brutal murders of suspected sorcerers, Papua New Guinea is considering restoring the use of the death penalty, which is legal but has not been used since 1954.

The nation’s justice minister has called for capital punishment by hanging, life imprisonment without parole for rape, and a ban on alcohol sales for several hours each day.

The nation’s bishops have urged Prime Minister Peter O'Neill not to restore the use of the death penalty; Father Giorgio Licini, spokesman for the bishops’ conference, called for “life imprisonment joined to hard but redemptive labor.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our August expenses ($20,922 to go):
$35,000.00 $14,078.44
60% 40%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Difficult Decisions in the Real World 18 hours ago
The real reason why divorced/remarried German Catholics are leaving the Church 19 hours ago
An unexpected surge in confessions? August 21
The Problem with Catholic Social Teaching August 21
In Iraq, the Pope has good reason to seek intervention, but fear unilateral US action August 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8