For Immediate Release: April 30, 2001
Priests for Life Director Calls for Halt to McVeigh Execution
In the strongest possible terms, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of
Priests for Life, called today upon President Bush and other government
officials to intervene to stop the execution Timothy McVeigh, scheduled for May
16, and in fact to abandon the use of the death penalty altogether.
"Whoever can stop this, should intervene to stop it now," Fr. Pavone said.
"The time has come for our nation, and for each of us individually, to realize
that nothing is solved by putting criminals to death. The victims do not come
back to life, the wounds we have are not healed, and we are all diminished in
Fr. Pavone further explained, "To call for the cancellation of the execution
of Mr. McVeigh is not to deny that what he has done deserves punishment, but
rather to declare that death is not the appropriate form of punishment. It is
not to deny that the state has the right to use capital punishment, but rather
to declare that the time for its use is past. It is not to deny the pain and
grief of the families and friends of the victims, but rather to declare that
nobody mourning a killing will find peace as a result of more killing. Our
problems are not solved by eliminating people at any stage or circumstance of
life. We live in a culture of death. To change it, we are called to absorb
violence, not inflict it. "
"We are proud to join our voices with those of the Holy Father and our
bishops. Priests for Life also echoes the call of Archbishop Daniel Buechlein,
OSB, Archbishop of Indianapolis, to observe May 15 as a special Day of Prayer
for Peace and for an End to Violence."