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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- Missouri bishops are calling for the end of the use of the death penalty. Read more here: http://t.co/b88SECCphn #deathpenalty about 5 hours ago
- OK Supreme Court grants a last-minute stay for 2 death row inmates: http://t.co/qdYCJESKeT about 9 hours ago
- The mother of a murdered KS teen shares a powerful message of love & faith: http://t.co/UxNhmlqxjH about 1 day ago