March 25, 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT
Ohio Catholics are invited to join the Diocese of Cleveland's Social Action Office, Witness to Innocence, and Catholic Mobilizing Network for a one-hour webinar about the death penalty. This hour will be devoted to:
- Discussing the current state of the death penalty in Ohio and nationally.
- Listening to a voice of experience, Kwame Ajamu, an Ohio death row exoneree and the board chair of Witness to Innocence.
- Praying together.
- Responding to a call for action to end Ohio's death penalty.
Background: Over the last year, we have witnessed 13 executions carried out by our federal government — an unprecedented number. Yet nationally, a growing number of states are moving to abolish the death penalty.
Bipartisan legislation to abolish capital punishment in Ohio was recently introduced in the state legislature. With all of this going on, it is imperative for each of us to truly understand the anti-death penalty teachings of the Church — most specifically what Pope Francis has said about this immoral and outdated practice.
What can we, as Catholics, do to abolish the death penalty? Join us as we explore.