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Death Penalty / Capital Punishment


“The dignity of human life must never be taken away, even in the case of someone who has done great evil. Modern society has the means of protecting itself, without definitively denying criminals the chance to reform.”
--Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, 1995
For the latest updates on efforts to end the death penalty, check out the Catholic Mobilizing Network.


USCCB News Releases

Chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development Issues Statement on the Death Penalty
Bishop Frank J. Dewane, July 30, 2019

Chairman Statement on the Planned Executions in Arkansas
Bishop Frank J. Dewane, April 13, 2017

USCCB Chairmen Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Cardinal Seán O'Malley Call for Recomittment to Bishop's Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty
July 16, 2015

News Release:  Cardinal O’Malley and Archbishop Wenski Welcome Supreme Court Decision To Review Protocols for Use of Lethal Injection
January 27, 2015

Bishop Blaire Welcomes Repeal Of Death Penalty In Maryland
May 2, 2013

Bishops Welcome Connecticut Death Penalty Repeal
April 26, 2012

USCCB, Illinois Bishops Laud State's Death Penalty Repeal
March 10, 2011

Bishops Urge Illinois Governor to Sign Bill Ending Death Penalty
March 3, 2011

Bishops Congratulate New Mexico on Death Penalty's Repeal
March 19, 2009

Bishops Urge NM Governor to Sign Death Penalty Repeal
Bishop William F. Murphy, March 16, 2009

Bishops Launch Major Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty
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March 21, 2005

Bishops Commend Governor's Clemency to Death Row Inmates
January 16, 2003

Legislative Documents, Letters, and Statements

Letter to Senate on The Streamlined Procedure Acts of 2005
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio
July 13, 2005

Response to U.S. Supreme Court Decision Roper v. Simmons
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio

March 1, 2005

Letter to Conferees on the 9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act
October 21, 2004

Letter to President George W. Bush on the Justice for All Act of 2004
Bishop Wilton Gregory

October 15, 2004

Supreme Court and Juvenile Death Penalty
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio

July 19, 2004

101 Reasons to Abandon the Death Penalty
April 18, 2002


Primers, Backgrounders, and Educational Materials

Backgrounder on the Death Penalty
February 2011

Facts About the Death Penalty
Death Penalty Information Center
July 10, 2012

The Church and the Death Penalty: Questions and Answers

2011 Respect Life Program: The Death Penalty

Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty: Info Sheet



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