CNA Staff, Jul 29, 2020 / 23:17 pm
Catholic leaders in the Philippines have spoken out against President Rodrigo Duterte's call to reinstate the death penalty for illegal drug use and other crimes.
Fr. Silvino Borres, president of the Coalition Against Death Penalty (CADP), stressed that all people are made in God's image, and God desires life and healing rather than death.
"Whenever you call for the death of another person even just in thoughts, we are already sinning against the Lord who calls everyone to life," Borres said a homily this week marking the 14th anniversary of the death penalty being suspended in the Philippines.
Borres warned that the death penalty "is against God, who is the God of life and love," the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines reported.