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Paul S. Coakley is the archbishop of the archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

FaithShort Take
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley
We must ask ourselves whether executing people on death row is truly a matter of public safety or merely a state-sanctioned tool for exacting the public’s demand for revenge.
A candlelit vigil against the death penalty, held outside the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville on Dec. 16, 2016. (CNS photo/James Ramos, Texas Catholic Herald)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Archbishop Paul S. CoakleyArchbishop Wilton D. GregoryBishop Frank J. Dewane
A federal judge has placed federal executions on hold. Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory and Bishop Frank J. Dewane write that we should turn back permanently from the path of death.