The Church Speaks

The Bishops Speak

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

Other Catholic Organizations

Many catholic Organizations have released statements against the use of the death penalty. On this page, you may browse 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 statements on the death penalty which are not listed here, please… MORE

Vatican Statements

The Holy See (the Vatican) has often advocated on behalf of the condemned. On this page,  you can Browse CMN”s list of recent papal statements relating to Catholic teaching on the death penalty and its application to particular laws and state-sponsored executions. A selection of three key quotes on the death penalty: “It is impossible to imagine that states… 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

An increasing number of religious communities of women and men have become active in efforts to abolish the death penalty. Below you will find a growing number of statements from these active congregations who view the death penalty as incompatible with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you are a member of a religious community… 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 good work is changing our culture away from one that uses violence to solve its… MORE