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.  The list below includes more recent pastoral and state conference statements relating to Catholic teaching on the death penalty and its application to particular laws and state-sponsored executions.

Oregon Archbishop Sample Applauds Oregon Governor's Imposed Moratorium

In 2015, Archbishop Sample came out with a statement calling for an end to the death penalty in the state and for support to promote the dignity and sanctity of all life. At the time, there was an Governor imposed moratorium on executions, effectively halting all death sentences while the Governor is in office. A portion of the statement is read as follows: 

Missouri Bishops Plead with MO Governor to Stop Executions

In 2015, the Bishops of Missouri came out with a statement calling for an end to the death penalty in the state and for support to promote the dignity and sanctity of all life. At the time, there was an increased number of executions which were taking place in Missouri rivaling other high-use states. A portion of the statement is read as follows: 

"We, the Catholic bishops of Missouri, write this open letter to express grave concern with the rapid acceleration of executions in recent months.

Kansas Bishops Voice Support for Death Penalty Repeal Legislation

In 2009, the Bishops of Kansas came out with a statement calling for an end to the death penalty in the state and for support to promote the dignity and sanctity of all life. At the time, there was a bill being debated in the legislature which sought to repeal the death penalty. A portion of the statement is read as follows:

"We, the Catholic bishops of the state of Kansas, wish to register our strong support for Senate Bill 208, which would abolish the death penalty in our state.

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