"There are several good reasons to give every death row inmate an indefinite reprieve. This week the U.S. Supreme Court found another."
That sentence seems to imply that the lethal injection method is not the only reason to support a moratorium on executions.
"Particularly in Texas, the nation's execution leader, the criminal justice system is prone to mistakes and abuse. The system is too unreliable in its assessment of guilt to justify exacting the ultimate, irrevocable penalty."
Those two sentences are clearly abolitionist in sentiment.
Maybe sometime in the near future the Chronicle will stop dancing around the issue and say exactly what it means.