Virginia: Virginia Catholic Conference on Abolishment of Death Penalty

Today, Governor Ralph Northam signed into law SB 1165/HB 2263, making Virginia the first southern state, and the 23rd state overall, to end its death penalty. Looking back, we sadly reflect on our Commonwealth’s disturbing and tragic history of executions – carried out more frequently here than in any other state in our country’s history.

Catholic Church Lauds Washington State Supreme Court Death Penalty Ruling

Thursday, October 11, 2018, the Washington State Catholic Conference released a statement that affirmed and celebrated the Washington Supreme Court ruling that the death penalty is unconstitutional. 

“We applaud the unanimous state Supreme Court decision issued today finding the death penalty unconstitutional,” said Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle.  “The Catholic Church’s consistent belief is that every human life is sacred from conception until natural death – it is this principle that has energized our efforts for decades to abolish the death penalty.”