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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- “Every refusal to kill affirms the dignity of all human life.” https://t.co/6qg5wmCN1r about 12 hours ago
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- CMN’s August newsletter includes a toolkit to assist your community during Respect Life Month. https://t.co/3MXpupUM12 about 20 hours ago