Dignity and the Death Penalty: Evolution of Catholic Teaching

Dignity and the Death Penalty book coverAbout the Book

Dignity and the Death Penalty is a seven-session small group resource examining Catholic teaching on the death penalty, based on the insights of Catholic anti-death penalty visionary Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ. 

Created in partnership between Catholic Mobilizing Network and Renew International, Dignity and the Death Penalty helps readers and small group participants reflect on the brokenness of the criminal legal system and explore life-affirming alternatives to capital punishment.

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This Lent, Renew International will offer an online faith sharing groups using Dignity and the Death Penalty. Click here for more information on how to join!

Purchasing Options (Get 20% off!)

Dignity and the Death Penalty is available for purchase from Renew International for $9.95. It also available as an e-book.

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About Sister Helen

Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ is a leading advocate for the abolition of the death penalty and the elimination of social and economic unfairness in the criminal legal system. She is the bestselling author of titles including Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States and River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey.

CMN Endorsement

Dignity and the Death Penalty is a timely, informative, and engaging resource for those looking to deepen their understanding of how capital punishment is counter to the Gospel value that all human life is sacred. Using definitive Catholic Church teaching, current statistics, and testimony from people directly impacted by the death penalty, this formation guide creates opportunities for rich discussion and reflection and offers concrete actions on how Catholics can build a culture of life. 

-Catholic Mobilizing Network


Dignity and the Death Penalty: A Conversation with Sister Helen Prejean

Sister Helen joins RENEW President Sister Terry Rickard, OP to discuss how Catholic teaching has evolved to unequivocally oppose the death penalty in all circumstances. “It’s wonderful to have opposition to the death penalty embedded in Catholic teaching, but…words must be followed by action. It’s time to abolish state-sponsored killing forever.”