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Death Penalty / Capital Punishment

 
“The dignity of human life must never be taken away, even in the case of someone who has done great evil. Modern society has the means of protecting itself, without definitively denying criminals the chance to reform.”
--Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, 1995

USCCB News Releases

Bishop Blaire Welcomes Repeal Of Death Penalty In Maryland
May 2, 2013

Bishops Welcome Connecticut Death Penalty Repeal
April 26, 2012


USCCB, Illinois Bishops Laud State's Death Penalty Repeal

March 10, 2011

Bishops Urge Illinois Governor to Sign Bill Ending Death Penalty
March 3, 2011

Bishops Congratulate New Mexico on Death Penalty's Repeal

March 19, 2009

Bishops Urge NM Governor to Sign Death Penalty Repeal
Bishop William F. Murphy, March 16, 2009

Bishops Launch Major Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty
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March 21, 2005

Bishops Commend Governor's Clemency to Death Row Inmates
January 16, 2003

Legislative Documents, Letters, and Statements

Letter to Senate on The Streamlined Procedure Acts of 2005
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio
July 13, 2005

Response to U.S. Supreme Court Decision Roper v. Simmons
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio
March 1, 2005

Letter to Conferees on the 9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick
October 21, 2004

Letter to President George W. Bush on the Justice for All Act of 2004
Bishop Wilton Gregory
October 15, 2004

Supreme Court and Juvenile Death Penalty
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio
July 19, 2004

101 Reasons to Abandon the Death Penalty
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick

April 18, 2002

Primers, Backgrounders, and Educational Materials

Backgrounder on the Death Penalty
February 2011

Facts About the Death Penalty
Death Penalty Information Center
July 10, 2012


The Church and the Death Penalty: Questions and Answers

2011 Respect Life Program: The Death Penalty

Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty: Info Sheet

Death Penalty Archive

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