Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) proclaims the Church’s unconditional pro-life teaching and its application to capital punishment and restorative justice. CMN works in close collaboration with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to prepare Catholics for informed involvement in campaigns to repeal state death penalty laws and expand or inaugurate restorative justice programs.

What We Do

  • Educate the lay community through our programs and materials on the Church’s teachings on the death penalty.
  • Facilitate respectful and informed discourse within the Catholic community and the community at large.
  • Encourage informed Catholic involvement in the public debate.


The Catholic Mobilizing Network to End Use of the Death Penalty (CMN) in the United States endeavors to take up the challenge of the U.S. bishops’ “Campaign To End the Use of the Death Penalty” (A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death, 2005). Late in the summer of 2008, veteran proponents of ending… MORE


Catholic Mobilizing Network is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  CMN is a supported ministry of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and a sponsored ministry of the Congregation of St. Joseph. Originating through the ministries of Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, one of the leading voices against the death penalty in the United States, CMN is… MORE

Pastoral Statements

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… MORE

Statements From Religious Congregations

An increasing number of religious communities of women and men have become active in efforts to abolish the death penalty. Below you will find a growing number of statements from these active congregations who view the death penalty as incompatible with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you are a member of a religious community… MORE