In “Fratelli Tutti,” the latest papal encyclical released by Pope Francis on Oct. 4 on the topic of "fraternity and social friendship," the Holy Father makes an unequivocal reaffirmation of the inadmissibility of capital punishment in the eyes of the Catholic Church. “There can be no stepping back from this position,” Pope Francis writes.
(Washington, DC) Catholic Mobilizing Network is pleased to announce a first-ever 3-day event, Harm, Healing, and Human Dignity: An All-Virtual Catholic Conference on Restorative Justice, to take place on October 27, 29, and 31 in collaboration with the University of San Diego Center for Restorative Justice and the Catholic Diocese of San Diego.
(Washington, DC) Hours after authorizing the federal government’s execution of William LeCroy — an express violation of Catholic teaching — Attorney General William Barr is set to receive the Christifideles Laici award Wednesday from an independent organization identified as the “National Catholic Prayer Breakfast.”
(Washington, DC) Catholic bishops, men and women religious, and laypeople will come together next week for two Virtual Prayer Vigils hosted by Catholic Mobilizing Network surrounding the federal government’s planned executions of William LeCroy (Sept. 22) and Christopher Vialva (Sept. 24).
(Washington, DC) The federal government executed Lezmond Mitchell, the only Native American on the federal death row, on Wednesday despite vocal opposition from the Navajo Nation.
(Washington, DC) The federal government took the life of Daniel Lewis Lee Tuesday morning in what became the United States’ first federal execution in 17 years. He was pronounced dead at 8:07 am EDT.
More than 1,000 Faith Leaders Urge President Trump and Attorney General Barr to Halt Federal Executions
(Washington, D.C.) More than 1,000 faith leaders from across an array of religious traditions have signed a joint statement to President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr urging them to halt the four federal executions scheduled for July and August.
“Pro-life values are meaningless when inconsistent”: Catholic Mobilizing Network Responds to President’s Death Penalty Comments
(Washington, D.C.) President Donald Trump made an appearance Monday on EWTN’s The World Over to talk about a variety of issues, including capital punishment. “I am totally in favor of the death penalty for heinous crimes,” he said — a sentence immediately followed by, “I am pro-life.”
(Washington, D.C.) Catholic Mobilizing Network, the national Catholic organization working to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice, joins the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops in opposing a change in Texas execution protocols implemented last April, which bans chaplains and ministers from the execution chamber.
National Catholic leaders issue joint statement in solidarity with those facing COVID-19 behind bars
Five United States Conference of Catholic Bishops committee chairmen, prominent men and women religious, and national lay leaders representing key Catholic organizations released a joint letter Wednesday in response to the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic within U.S. prisons, jails, and detention and reentry centers.