June 6, 2018

Bishop Frederick Campbell
Diocese of Columbus
197 E Gay St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Dear Bishop Campbell,

We thank you for the statements of the USCCB which clearly state the opposition of the Church to the death penalty. We fully support your stand against the death penalty and appreciate the articulation of it to the public.

Enclosed is a copy of a letter we sent to Governor John Kasich from the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP) in which we articulated our reasons for calling to commute the sentence of Robert Van Hook, scheduled for execution on July 18th, to a life sentence without parole.  We have adopted the practice of sending a similar letter to governors in the states where executions are scheduled.

We stand in solidarity.

Hope, Joy & all Blessings,

Fr. Bob Bonnot
Chair, AUSCP Leadership Team

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Bob Bonnot, Chair
Diocese of Youngstown

Kevin ClintonVice-chair
Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis

David CooperPast Chair
Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Lee BacchiTreasurer
Diocese of Joliet

Louis Arceneaux, Secretary
Congregation of the Mission

Dan DivisIssues
Diocese of Cleveland

James P. Kiesel  
Archdiocese of Baltimore  

Aidan McAleenan,Membership
Diocese of Oakland

Tulio Ramirez, Membership
Archdiocese of New York

James Schexnayder
Diocese of Oakland

William Spilly   
Diocese of Rochester

Clarence Williams, CPPs
National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus

Sr. Jackie Doepker, OSF
Executive Secretary