The Church Speaks

The Bishops Speak

In the Catholic Church in the United States, pastoral statements are offered by individual bishops in: dioceses, state Catholic conferences, regional synods, or the national conference (USCCB). In the case of the death penalty, U.S. bishops have been strong anti-death penalty advocates.

Other Catholic Organizations

Many Catholic Organizations have issued statements against the use of the death penalty. On this page, you will find a selection of statements from Catholic organizations at the state and national level.  If you are a member of a Catholic organization and you have issued a statement on the death penalty which is not listed here,… MORE

Vatican Statements

The Holy See (the Vatican) advocates on behalf of all life, including the condemned. On this page,  you can Below is a list of recent papal statements relating to Catholic teaching on the death penalty.  A selection of three key quotes on the death penalty: “It is impossible to imagine that states today cannot make use of another… MORE

Pastoral Statements

In the Catholic Church in the United States, pastoral statements are offered by individual bishops in particular dioceses, state Catholic conferences of bishops, regional synods of bishops, or the national conference (USCCB) when seeking to apply universal church teaching to particular circumstances or issues. In the case of the death penalty, U.S. bishops have often… MORE

Statements From Religious Congregations

Religious communities of women and men are active in efforts to abolish the death penalty. Below you will find a growing number of statements from different congregations who view the death penalty as incompatible with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Are you a member of a religious community? Has your community issued a statement on… MORE

The Sisters’ Mapping Project

Calling All Religious! Catholic Mobilizing Network is energized by the good work that is being done by many dedicated religious in our country.  Their stories, like those featured during National Catholic Sisters’ Week are great testimonies as to how their ministries are changing our culture from one of violence to one of mercy.   CMN… MORE