Corporate Statement of Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden On The Death Penalty, Baden, Pennsylvania

January 1, 2011

WE, SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH OF BADEN, a community of women dedicated to the Gospel values of Jesus, in response to our faith and trust in God and our concern for all human life, ARE IMPELLED TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY.

We are committed to non-violence and the transformation of structures that promote violence and the diminishment of the dignity of persons.

We believe that the death penalty is arbitrary, racially and economically biased and does not deter crime.  We believe that it is an abuse of human rights.

WE, THEREFORE, OPPOSE THE USE OF THE DEATH PENALTY AND COMMIT OUTSELVES TO THE ABOLISHMENT OF IT.

                                                              MAY, 1991