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KCK archbishop to repeat call for death penalty repeal

Archbishop Joseph Naumann
Archbishop Joseph Naumann

Kansas City, Kan. archbishop Joseph Naumann and others will call for Kansas to repeal the death penalty at a news conference next week.

The announcement comes from the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty.

Naumann’s opposition to capital punishment isn’t new. But it’s a reminder of the delicate balance between ecclesiastic duties and politics.

Naumann, you’ll recall, famously said former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius should not receive the sacrament of communion because of her support of abortion rights. Yet it does not appear from the public record if any similar message has been communicated to Gov. Sam Brownback, a devout Catholic.

Brownback is pro-life, of course, but he supports the death penalty in some cases — and in fact used the death penalty as part of one of his ads for governor in 2014.