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Wilton D. Gregory is the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

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.