Bishop Breidenthal, along with the other five bishops from the dioceses of Southern Ohio and Ohio, sent a letter to Gov. Mike DeWine calling for the abolition of the death penalty in Ohio. The 78th General Convention (2015) and the 2017 Convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio passed resolutions to “affirm publicly the Church’s longstanding call to put an end to the death penalty.”
In their letter, the bishops express their grief for the suffering of victims and their families as they stand opposed to the taking of one life in retribution for the loss of another. They also cite the potential for mistakes made in the criminal justice system as well as its history of racism or discrimination against those with mental illness as reasons to suspend the death penalty.
Nine executions are scheduled in Ohio in 2019. A task force addressing this issue will provide congregational resources for prayer and action as execution dates near. For more information contact Jake Cunliffe firstname.lastname@example.org or the Rev. Canon Lee Anne Reat email@example.com.