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Boston bomber gets the death penalty – how should Catholics respond?

May 19, 2015 - 03:42 pm .- The death sentence for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a legitimate use of state authority, even if Catholics may disagree with it, said a moral theologian in the nation’s capital.

Virginia bishops on the death penalty: We're having the wrong debate

May 9, 2015 - 04:52 pm .- As discussions surrounding a “more humane” death penalty in the United States continue, the two Catholic bishops of Virginia have released a statement asking the faithful to take a stance against the use of capital punishment in today’s society.

Indonesia draws international outcry for executing drug traffickers

May 4, 2015 - 10:07 am .- The Australian bishops joined their voices to the international condemnation of the Indonesian government's execution of foreign drug traffickers last week.

Twenty years after bombing, Oklahoma City archbishop calls for mercy to temper justice

Apr 20, 2015 - 04:13 pm .- As the Oklahoma City community continues to heal two decades after the horrific bombing that claimed the lives of 168 people, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley said he hopes people find mercy as well as justice in response to unspeakable acts of violence.  

Bishops appeal against death penalty in Boston bombing case

Apr 8, 2015 - 04:38 am .- As accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stands trial, the Catholic bishops of Massachusetts are asking that he not receive the death penalty if he is convicted.

Bullets or needles? Death penalty faces new scrutiny as states mull changes

Mar 27, 2015 - 04:04 am .- Firing squads, gas chambers and the electric chair – these types of execution may seem like methods of the past, but some states in the U.S. are bringing them back, prompting a debate about the most humane form of the death penalty, or whether the very idea is a contradiction in terms.  

Pope Francis: No matter what the crime, 'the death penalty is inadmissible'

Mar 20, 2015 - 03:10 pm .- Regardless of the crime that has been committed, capital punishment is unacceptable in the modern world, Pope Francis stressed in a recent letter.

'Capital punishment must end' – Catholic publications unite in rare joint statement

Mar 5, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Four U.S. Catholic publications with a broad range of audiences have come together in a joint editorial citing Church leaders in calling for an end to the death penalty in the United States.

Court commended for staying execution of mentally ill man

Dec 3, 2014 - 03:12 pm .- The Catholic bishops in Texas thanked a federal appeals court for issuing a stay of execution for mentally ill inmate Scott Louis Panetti mere hours before the state was due to carry out his capital punishment.  

Death penalty suspended in Ohio as lethal drugs questioned

Aug 12, 2014 - 02:12 pm .- Following the controversial botched execution of an inmate in Ohio, using a new lethal-injection mixture, a federal judge has decided to halt executions in the state until January 2015.

Ariz. inmate's grueling execution lamented as preventable

Jul 29, 2014 - 04:02 am .- Not only could the nearly two-hour execution of an Arizona inmate last week have been avoided, but the number of botched deaths by lethal injection is increasing in the U.S., says one observer.

Death sentence for Christian in Sudan draws global criticism

May 16, 2014 - 05:30 pm .- A pregnant woman who was raised as a Christian has been sentenced to execution by a Sudanese court that contends she has apostatized from Islam, drawing worldwide condemnation.

Botched execution shows death penalty's brutality, bishop says

Apr 30, 2014 - 04:07 pm .- Commenting on the April 29 bungled execution of a death row inmate at the state penitentiary, Oklahoma City’s archbishop has called for a reconsideration of capital punishment.

Priest lauds temporary halt of Washington death penalty

Feb 13, 2014 - 02:04 am .- Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington state has issued a moratorium or temporary prohibition on executions, drawing praise from a priest who has written against the death penalty.

Death penalty debate aims to give public voice to Church

Jan 26, 2014 - 06:05 am .- The Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought will host a debate at the University of Colorado next week on the use of the death penalty in the U.S., demonstrating the Church's desire for dialogue.

Florida Catholics plan prayer vigils, protest death penalty

Sep 28, 2013 - 06:13 am .- As the scheduled execution date approaches for a Florida man convicted of murder, local Catholics are offering prayers and renewing their call for an end to the practice of the death penalty.

Denver archbishop calls for end to Colo. death penalty

May 24, 2013 - 12:03 am .- Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has called for the repeal of the death penalty following the Colorado governor’s grant of a temporary reprieve to a death row inmate convicted of four murders.

Maryland Catholics call death penalty repeal a pro-life win

Mar 21, 2013 - 04:01 am .- Catholics in Maryland are welcoming the repeal of the death penalty in the state as a step towards a culture of life that respects the dignity of all human persons, from conception to natural death.

Maryland advances towards abolishing death penalty

Mar 8, 2013 - 04:02 pm .- The Maryland senate has passed a bill that would locally overturn the death penalty, placing the state closer to outlawing the practice.

Archbishop testifies for repeal of Maryland death penalty

Feb 14, 2013 - 05:05 pm .- Speaking at a legislative hearing in Maryland, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore supported efforts to end the death penalty in the state, calling for punishments that respect human life.

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