As Connecticut prepares to carry out its first execution in over 40 years, Catholic Archbishop Henry J. Mansell of Hartford
called on local parishes to sign a Church petition that calls for an end to capital punishment.
"The death penalty offers the tragic illusion that we can defend life
only by taking life," Mansell wrote in a letter that will be read
during Masses on January 8 and 9. Other bishops in Connecticut are taking similar actions prior to the scheduled execution of Michael Ross on January 26.
The U.S. Conference of