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 aspect of our society should reflect a shared belief in the sanctity of human life. #prolifegen https://t.co/fJ60bqni8Y about 14 hours ago
- Beautiful piece by #Nebraska Catholic Conference about the real costs of #deathpenalty. Hint: It's more than money. https://t.co/S7sTQh6ciH about 18 hours ago
- ICYMI: Report showing trends between deadliest "outlier" counties for #deathpenalty sentences released this week. https://t.co/dWiu5CE4us about 22 hours ago