Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP)

Founded in 2011, AUSCP is the largest association of priests in the United States. All members are priests in good standing in dioceses and religious communities. Inspired by the teaching of Vatican II, we support the continuing pursuit of its implementation. We invite the support of FRIENDS to and with whom we minister, whose faith and support emboldens us.
To be a “priests’ voice of hope and joy,” we must listen to our members and Friends — online, in person, and at our national assemblies. We do. Then we share our common concerns with church and world through prophetic advocacy.

A Resolution to end the death penalty was approved at the 2016 Assembly. Resolution Summary:  The AUSCP formally and publicly endorse the call of recent Popes (St. John Paul II, Benedict XVI, Francis) and of the USCCB to “end”, “eliminate”, “abolish” the death penalty in all its forms as part of this Year of Mercy. Click here for more more information on AUSCP’s stance against the death penalty.

Since that time, every time an execution is scheduled the AUSCP sends a letter to the governor of the state calling for commuting the inmate’s sentence to life in prison without parole.