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 been strong anti-death penalty advocates for persons sentenced to be executed. Often the Holy See (the Vatican) has also advocated on behalf of the condemned. The list below includes more recent papal and episcopal statements relating to Catholic teaching on the death penalty and its application to particular laws and state-sponsored executions.
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- Action Alert Kansas: Repeal is possible! Contact your legislator and ask for a hearing of HB 2129 http://t.co/VSMxYuojE3 about 11 hours ago
- Texas Sending Man to Death Chamber Today Based on 'Of Mice and Men' http://t.co/sYlLWociOb #deathpenalty via @HuffPostPol about 11 hours ago
- Death Penalty Less Likely When Murder Victim is a Black Male http://t.co/9pbu3k5lSq via @dpinfoctr about 15 hours ago