President Trump restarted the practice of federal executions following a 17-year hiatus on Jul. 14, 2020. His administration is on track to have executed 13 people by the end of the presidential term — more than any other administration in the 20th or 21st centuries.
This unprecedented backslide into federal executions raises critical moral, human, and policy choices for the nation and a new presidential administration.
On Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 a virtual public dialogue co-sponsored by Catholic Mobilizing Network and Georgetown University's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life explored how the principles of Catholic social thought can offer direction and urgency in ending the death penalty, both in the United States and worldwide.
Watch a recording of the dialogue below, featuring Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville, Texas, CMN Executive Director Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy, renowned death penalty abolitionist and author Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, and Ohio Council of Churches Executive Director Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr. Moderated by the Initiative's John Carr.