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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- 3 people were executed this month in the US. It's time to put an end to this broken system! #deathpenalty RT about 21 hours ago
- The US death penalty has adverse effects on communities of color and the poor. Read more here (via the NBCC): http://t.co/wxgRIuAaYa about 2 days ago
- "I wanted revenge, but found compassion." Read more about the restorative justice-oriented Sycamore Tree Project: http://t.co/H6nQGThnAj about 3 days ago