Archbishop says McVeigh execution tests death penalty opposition
The impending execution of comvicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh "tests the mettle of the emerging Catholic view about the inappropriateness of capital punishment" like no other case, according to the archbishop of Indianapolis, in whose state the execution will take place.
In a statement last week, Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein said that, with McVeigh due to be the first person executed by the federal government in 38 years, "many believe no criminal is more deserving of the death penalty".
The statement was signed by Archbishop Buechlein as head of the Indianapolis Archdiocese, general chairman of the Indiana Catholic Conference and member of the US bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
McVeigh is scheduled to be executed on 16 May at the federal prison in Terre Haute. He was convicted on 11 federal counts of conspiracy and murder for the April 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.