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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- RT @DPInfoCtr: Arizona Accused of Violating Its Own Protocol in Executions #DeathPenalty http://t.co/8MxVWkz1pC about 4 days ago
- Tobias Winright explains why no method of execution is humane. Read about his moral opposition to the #deathpenalty http://t.co/J2rCVcC2gQ about 4 days ago
- RT @DPInfoCtr: NEW VOICES: Former Texas Governor, FBI Chief Ask Texas to Commute Death Sentence http://t.co/KEa5q5E3k5 #deathpenalty #Texas about 1 week ago