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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- Former #Florida Supreme Court justice urge sentences of those on state's death row to be overturned. https://t.co/8hDHd88GbJ about 16 hours ago
- Will #Florida overturn all of its #deathpenalty sentences do to the recent Supreme Court ruling? https://t.co/sy9KcFIN9f about 19 hours ago
- #Louisiana is still trying to prove Glenn Ford's guilt, years after he was proven innocent. https://t.co/3FBV88ogFH #deathpenalty about 21 hours ago