SLC Diocese urges Utah Catholics to support death penalty repeal

Salt Lake Diocese urges Utah Catholics to support death penalty repeal (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City urged their followers to support HB 379, a bill that would repeal the death penalty in Utah.

"Pope Francis has called all Catholics to promote the culture of life by specifically working to end the use of the death penalty," the Diocese tweeted.

The Diocese concludes the tweet by urging followers to contact state representatives about supporting the bill.

The tweet includes a quote from Pope Francis:

The death penalty is an offense against the inviolability of life and the dignity of the human person, which contradicts God's plan for man and society, and his merciful justice, and impedes the penalty from fulfilling any just objective. It does not render justice to the victims, but rather fosters vengeance.

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes and Republican Rep. Gage Froerer are locked in an uphill battle to persuade the GOP-controlled Legislature to end capital punishment.

A similar ban came close to passing only two years ago.