Capital Punishment

Is the Church Against Both Abortion and the Death Penalty?

Written by Luiz Sérgio Solimeo, American Society for Tradition, Family & Property It is not a rare thing for Catholic prelates to assert definitively that the Church opposes capital punishment. Some even liken the death of a defenseless aborted baby to that of a criminal duly judged by a... read more

Give Us Barabbas!

Why do so many liberals who oppose capital punishment support abortion? By Jason Scott Jones, Published on May 4, 2015 At age 17, I lost my unborn daughter to a coerced abortion, and that experience enflamed in me a passion as deep as a fire in a coal mine: to defend the human person from... read more

The Pope’s unconvincing arguments against the death penalty

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture.org Full disclosure: I oppose the use of the death penalty in America today, for prudential reasons that I may explain in another essay. When Pope Francis said execution is always inadmissible, I was not dismayed by his conclusion. But I was dismayed by the logic... read more

The Traditional Case for Capital Punishment

By Fr. C. John McCloskey, March 16, 2015 A group of Catholic publishers recently issued a joint statement urging an end to capital punishment. I have great respect for all of them – I have written for all of them at one point or another. I disagree with them on this issue, however. And it may... read more

Bishops use Supreme Court case to call for death penalty abolition

Washington D.C., Jan 28, 2015, CNA/EWTN News Several bishops in the U.S. have welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to re-examine death penalty protocols, and have called for the abolition of the death penalty. “We pray that the court’s review of these protocols will lead to the... read more

Pope: All Christians Must Oppose Death Penalty, Life Imprisonment

By Tristyn Bloom, 10/23/2014 Speaking to a delegation from the International Association of Penal Law, October 20, Pope Francis condemned not only the death penalty, but life imprisonment, calling it a “hidden death sentence.” “It is impossible to imagine that states today cannot make... read more

Pope Francis Opposes Capital Punishment; Calls Life Sentences for Violent Criminals “A Hidden Death Penalty”

By Kathy Schiffer, October 25, 2014 Speaking October 23 to a delegation from the International Association of Penal Law, Pope Francis called life sentences “a hidden form of capital punishment.”   The Pope expressed his hope that believers will oppose life-long incarceration, just as... read more

Death penalty repeal dead

The following comes from a November 7 story on SFGate.com. Proposition 34, an initiative to repeal California's seldom-used but politically potent death penalty law, was defeated when a majority of voters said they favor capital punishment. With 98 percent of the vote counted Wednesday... read more

Pope, Bishops Seek Clemency for Death Row Inmate, Urge Caution Due to Prisoner’s Inadequate Trial

Benedict XVI has joined with several Catholic bishops to request clemency for Gregory Wilson, a prisoner scheduled for execution in a few days. The Catholic Conference of Kentucky reported that Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville and Marian McClure Taylor, executive director of the Kentucky... read more

ALEXANDRIA, Va.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP)--Moussaoui said as he was led from the courtroom: "America, you lost." He clapped his hands. Excuse me, I'm sorry, and I beg your pardon, but the jury's decision on Moussaoui gives me a very bad feeling. What we witnessed here was not the higher compassion but a dizzy failure... read more

A new United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) document, entitled “A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death”, overwhelmingly passed earlier this week by a margin of 237-4, strongly encou

A new United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) document, entitled "A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death", overwhelmingly passed earlier this week by a margin of 237-4, strongly encourages U.S. Catholics to work towards the eradication of the death penalty. "Twenty-five years ago,... read more