Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Pastoral Statement on Death Penalty (March 19,2017) – Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP President
By CBCP News | Mar 19, 2017Post-Permanent Council Meeting
CBCP Pastoral Statement on Death Penalty
“God proved his love for us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:8)
On this third Sunday of Lent, the Gospel of John tells us how the Samaritan woman—having found in Jesus the “living water” she had longed for—left her jar of water by the well (John 4:28). Like this woman, the stubborn Israelites in the first reading, who are dying of thirst in the desert, have been led to a rock (Exod 17:6). Perhaps we can think of this rock as Christ himself, stricken and afflicted on the cross but gushing forth with life-giving water, making it possible for God’s people to cross over the barren desert of hatred, sin and death into the promised land of fullness of life. Dear sisters and brothers in Christ—let us not allow our wells to be poisoned by bitter water; let us uphold the sanctity of life and make a stand against death penalty.