The Catholic Bishops of Northern dioceses have declared in a special statement that the use of plastic bullets was morally indefensible, and that re-introduction of the death penalty would be disastrous.
The statement, decided upon at a meeting of the Northern Bishops, called for the withdrawal of plastic bullets and warned that the re-introduction of the death penalty would gravely exacerbate the situation in Northern Ireland.
The statement read - “Over many years we have repeatedly pointed out the immorality of violence in all its forms. It is precisely because we reject violence and are deeply concerned to prevent anything which might lead to its increase that we feel obliged now to refer to two major issues. The first is the use of plastic bullets. Many people have been killed by these weapons, some of them very young. Each of these deaths has caused deep grief to the family of the victim.”