Capital Punishment

Abolition of the Death Penalty

Priests for Life would like to strongly echo the Holy Father's call for the abolition of the death penalty.

Human problems call for humane solutions.

Death, whether of an unborn child or of a convicted criminal, does not bring us closer to a civilization of love, but rather feeds the mistaken and dangerous notion that killing is a solution to our problems.

The Bishops and Capital Punishment:

Comprehensive list of Bishops' Statements on the death penalty

A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death (United States Bishops 2005) (PDF Format)

Statement of Cardinal Keeler and Cardinal Mahony on Timothy McVeigh (May 2, 2001)

Day of Prayer May 15 - Statement of Archbishop Buechlein (April 26, 2001)

Archbishop of Indianapolis issues statement on McVeigh (April 2, 2001)

Archbishop Renato Martino expresses to UN the Holy See's plea to abolish the Death Penalty (November 2, 1999)

A Good Friday Appeal to End the Death Penalty (US Bishops' Administrative Board, April 1999)

Statement of the Indiana Catholic Conference (August 1998)

The Death Penalty in Our Time - Cardinal Bernardin, Archbishop of Chicago (May 14, 1985)

US Bishops on Capital Punishment (November, 1980)

Priests for Life and Capital Punishment:

Priests for Life Director Calls for Halt to McVeigh Execution (April 30, 2001)

The Elections and Capital Punishment

A 'No' to Capital Punishment: Homily Ideas

Capital Punishment and Abortion

Excerpt from Priests for Life May-June 1999 Newsletter, Volume 9 #3

Letter to Priests for Life from Catholics Against Capital Punishment (February 28, 2000)

Websites on Capital Punishment:

Catholics Against Capital Punishment
A national advocacy organization working for the abolition of the death penalty in the US…

Death Penalty Information
The Death Penalty Information Center is a non-profit organization serving the media and the public with
analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment.

The Moratorium Campaign
Chaired by Sr. Helen Prejean, the Moratorium Campaign is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated
to obtaining a moratorium on the death penalty.

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