WHEREAS, Pope Francis said that the Church’s position on the death penalty is “a courageous reaffirmation of the conviction that humanity can successfully confront criminality” without taking human life; and
WHEREAS, he recommended that “capital sentences be commuted to a lesser punishment that allows for time and incentives for the reform of the offender; and
WHEREAS, we, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas respect life in our Catholic tradition; and
WHEREAS, we oppose execution and support the victims of crimes and their families; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that we use the resources of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the Catholic Daughters of the Americas network with others who oppose the death penalty – to educate, organize, and change laws in opposition to the death penalty as a solution to violence.
Submitted by: National 2014 Resolutions Committee