As the end of his administration approaches, President Trump has restarted the use of the federal death penalty. Since July there have been 10 executions with another three before he leaves office. These federal executions are the first in 17 years and raise critical moral, human, and policy choices for the nation and a new presidential administration.
On Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 join Catholic Mobilizing Network for a virtual public dialogue co-sponsored by Georgetown University's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, exploring how the principles of Catholic social thought can offer direction and urgency in ending the death penalty, both in the United States and worldwide.
Bishop Daniel Flores
Bishop Daniel Flores is the bishop of Brownsville, Texas, and is newly elected head of the Committee on Doctrine of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). He recently wrote an article in America comparing the U.S. government’s execution of Brandon Bernard to King Herod’s state-sanctioned execution of St. John the Baptist.
Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy
Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy is the executive director of the Catholic Mobilizing Network, which seeks to end the use of the death penalty in the United States and promotes restorative justice. She has over 25 years of experience working in national level, faith-based policy advocacy and is co-author of Advocating for Justice: An Evangelical Vision for Transforming Systems and Structures (2016).
Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ
Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, is a leading American advocate for the abolition of the death penalty and has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on capital punishment and in shaping the Catholic Church’s vigorous opposition to all executions. She is the author of Dead Man Walking (1994), The Death of Innocents (2004), and River of Fire (2019).
Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr.
Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr. is the executive director of the Ohio Council of Churches and is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Rev. Sullivan’s sister was murdered in 1997, yet his family rejects the use of the death penalty for the person responsible. He is a nationally known speaker, social justice advocate, and death penalty opponent.