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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- Even if all 3 remaining executions for 2016 proceed, this year will have the fewest since 1991. https://t.co/Iv5C0fwW3w #deathpenalty about 4 hours ago
- There is no reason for the #deathpenalty to be enshrined in a state constitution. In Oklahoma, vote NO on #SQ776. https://t.co/EBbTGJvt9m about 8 hours ago
- #Oregon governor announced continued #deathpenalty moratorium. But should she also fight to END capital punishment? https://t.co/NuFJUa0RoP about 11 hours ago