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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- Virginia has executed more people (1,300+) than any other state & more women and the youngest children of any state: http://t.co/hC7IGoBvRw about 1 day ago
- Each Good Friday, we are reminded that Jesus was executed. Please RT & have a blessed Triduum! http://t.co/Y3IrpmiaNR about 1 day ago
- Holy Week Resources are available from @TXCatholic & St. Cronan Parish, as well as our own resources. Find out more: http://t.co/apNMYXvEfy about 1 day ago