Bishops Statements

Statement: Bishop of the Diocese of San Bernardino

“The coming election gives us as Catholics a chance to raise our prophetic voice, to witness for life and to change public policy in California for the better…I urge you to join me and my brother bishops of California in... MORE

Texas Catholic Bishops call for abolition of death penalty

Texas Catholic Bishops call for abolition of death penalty

Statement released during Respect Life Month: Bishops say it is “undeniably” a pro-life issue and that death penalty “does great harm” to the common good. AUSTIN — The Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a statement calling for the... MORE

CA Bishops statement

“During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we, the Catholic Bishops of California support Proposition 62 which would end the use of the death penalty in California.  Our commitment to halt the practice of capital punishment is rooted both in the Catholic faith... MORE

NE Bishops statement

“The Catholic bishops of Nebraska invite all people of goodwill to join them in their continued opposition to the death penalty. Justice requires punishment, but it does not require that those who have committed serious crimes be put to death.... MORE

OK Bishops Statement

“I want to reaffirm my opposition to the use of the death penalty and call upon Catholics, and all people of Oklahoma, to work together toward the abolition of the death penalty in our state. Let us pray together that... MORE

California Bishops Announce Support  for Prop 62 to End the Use of the Death Penalty

California Bishops Announce Support for Prop 62 to End the Use of the Death Penalty

The following statement was released July 14th by the California Catholic Conference.   All Life Is Sacred – Innocent or Flawed SACRAMENTO, CA – During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we, the Catholic Bishops of California support Proposition 62 which... MORE

Rodríguez: Death penalty diminishes our humanity, undermines mercy

Rodríguez: Death penalty diminishes our humanity, undermines mercy By Bishop Plàcido Rodríguez Originally published by A-J MEDIA Recently, Pope Francis captured international headlines by appealing to Christians — and particularly Catholic governmental officials — to take the “courageous and exemplary... MORE

Archbishop Emeritus Fiorenza: We Need To Abolish the Death Penalty

The United States Should Abolish the Death Penalty, as Pope Francis Implores  By Joseph A. Fiorenza | January 19, 2016 “In his recent address before Congress, Pope Francis gave his support and encouragement to the call to abolish the death... MORE

Bishops of Florida Appeal to Spare the Life Jerry Correll

Catholic Bishops Appeal to Governor Scott to Spare the Life of Jerry Correll; Community to Pray for an End to the Use of the Death Penalty October 27, 2015 Tallahassee  – The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops urges Governor Scott to... MORE

Bishops’ Chairmen Renew Push To End Death Penalty, Cite Progress of Last Decade

Bishops’ Chairmen Renew Push To End Death Penalty, Cite Progress of Last Decade

July 16, 2015 Ten years ago, the Catholic bishops of the United States initiated the Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty . Speaking as pastors and teachers, we issued a statement at that time, A Culture... MORE