The Catholic bishops of Mexico spoke against the proposal to reintroduce capital punishment in the state, in the light of the argument that respect for human life must be consistent.
“We, the Catholic Bishops of New Mexico, in one voice, once again echo the teaching of the Church that life is sacred,” said the bishops of Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Gallup in a joint statement on August 18.
“There is one seamless teaching on God’s gift of life that must be protected from birth to natural death,” they said. “It is always tragic and sad when a member of the community is murdered. These senseless acts must be prevented by calling for systemic change in society beginning with our youngest children. Crime can be prevented, and this is done by an investment in social capital.”
The Bishops reacted in response to the comments made by the New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez that next year during the legislative session she would push measures to bring back death penalty to the state.