Oct. 10 is World Day Against the Death Penalty, and on Monday the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops released a statement calling for the abolition of the death penalty.

The bishops cited several ways that the death penalty inflicts harm on victims and society, including the disproportionate use of the death penalty on the poor, minorities and people with mental disabilities, as well as the high costs associated with capital punishment. They also pointed out that the death penalty does not allow for rehabilitation or consolation of victims' families, and that crime rates are not affected by a state's use of the death penalty.

The bishops wrote, “The death penalty negatively influences our children’s moral formation and our culture as it fails to allow for mercy and redemption.”

For more information, visit www.txcatholic.org.