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Catholic leaders object to reinstatement of federal death penalty

Carol Zimmerman, Catholic News Service, July 25, 2019
The announcement by the Justice Department that it is reinstating the federal death penalty for the first time in 16 years was unwelcome news for Catholic leaders who have advocated against capital punishment.

Death Penalty: Its Adverse Impact on Communities of Color and the Poor, and Challenges to the Catholic Church

Henry Organ, National Black Catholic Congress, July 28, 2014
Articles and polls reveal that a significant percentage of Catholics support the death penalty, which has a disparate and adverse impact on, people of color and the poor.

Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty

The impetus for the campaign was the anniversary of the first comprehensive United States Catholic bishops’ statement on the topic issued in 1980.

Citizens United for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

CUADP works to end the death penalty in the United States through education and the promotion of tactical grassroots activism.

National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

NCADP provides information, advocates for public policy and mobilizes and supports individuals and institutions working to abolish capital punishment.


Holder a Lonely Holdout as Death Row Enters Death Throes

Susanne Dumbleton, Truthout, March 16, 2014
In seeking the death penalty for the accused Boston marathon bomber, Eric Holder violates his personal opposition, Boston public opinion and growing nationwide resistance to execution as criminal punishment.

“So Long as They Die: Lethal Injections in the United States”

Jamie Fellner and Sarah Tofte, Human Rights Watch, April 2006

“The Innocence Project: Guilty until Proven Innocent”

Andrew Gumbel, Common Dreams,  May 4, 2006

“Evangelium Vitae”

Pope John Paul II, the Vatican website, March 25, 1995

“Creating More Victims: How Executions Hurt the Families Left Behind”

Susannah Sheffer and Renny Cushing, Murder Victims Families for Human Rights, 2006

“Bishops’ Conference Applauds Supreme Court Decision on The Death Penalty For Juvenile Offenders”

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, March 1, 2005

“Responsibility, Rehabilitation, and Restoration”

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Nov. 15, 2000