Bishop Appeals for Life of Intellectually Disabled Man
Australian Catholic Social Justice Council Chairman Bishop William Brennan appealed on Friday to US Presidential candidate Governor George W. Bush to spare the life of John Paul Penry.
John Paul Penry, who has the IQ of a six year old child, is due to be executed on 16 November. According to the Rome-based Communita di Sant'Egidio, he was convicted after signing a confession of guilt, which he was unable to understand because he is unable to read or write.
The Pope himself has already appealed in favour of Johnny on two occasions, recently sending an appeal for clemency to Governor Bush via the Nuncio.
Bishop Brennan reminded the Governor of the value of all human life, referring to the paralypmics underway in Sydney.
He wrote: "We write to you from Sydney, Australia, where the Paralypmic Games are currently taking place, to appeal for the life of John Paul Penry, an intellectually disabled man scheduled for execution on 16 November.
"In the Paralympics we are seeing a celebration of the human spirit and an affirmation of the dignity and value of every human being regardless of their physical or intellectual disabilities," he said.