Catholic Mobilizing Network invites all people of faith and good will to sign the National Catholic Pledge to End the Death Penalty.
The belief in the dignity of the human person is a pillar of our Catholic faith. The death penalty represents a failure of our society to fulfill the demands of human dignity, as evidenced by the 159 people and counting who have been exonerated due to their innocence since 1973. This denial of human dignity calls all to make known the mercy of God and uphold the Church’s teaching: in a modern society where the death penalty is not needed to maintain public safety, punishment must “correspond to the concrete conditions of the common good and [be] more in conformity to the dignity of the human person.” (1) The death penalty does not align with this understanding of human dignity and needs to be abolished in the United States.
(1) Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd ed., sec 2267.