Catholic group opposes Ash Wednesday execution

Catholic group opposes Ash Wednesday execution

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The scheduled execution of a man on Ash Wednesday doesn't sit well with one Louisiana religious group that has asked the governor to intervene.

Convicted killer Christopher Sepulvado, of Shreveport, is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, Feb. 13. But that's also Ash Wednesday for Christians.

Citing Catholic social teaching and other tenets, the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops (LCCB), issued a statement on Monday opposing the scheduled execution on Ash Wednesday.

"We in no way condone the actions of Christopher Sepulvado. ... At the same time, we acknowledge the Christian power of reconciliation and redemption which Christopher has embraced," the LCCB stated in its release.

The road to Sepulvado's execution was paved last week when the Louisiana Supreme Court denied his bid to stay the execution. Sepulvado reportedly continues to seek a federal reprieve or clemency from Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Sepulvado would be the first person executed in Louisiana since 2010. He has been on death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola since his conviction in the 1992 beating death of his 6-year-old stepson, Wesley Mercer.

Regardless of the scheduled execution date, the Catholic group goes further in its stand against the execution.

"Executing Christopher will not bring Wesley back to life, nor will it provide healing, reconciliation, or peace to those involved."

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