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Wash. Supreme Court strikes down death penalty as arbitrary, racially biased

Oct 12, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

The ruling was issued Oct. 11 and makes the state one of twenty to halt the use of death penalty.... Read more

Catholic judge defends death penalty sentence on theological grounds

Aug 29, 2018

A Catholic judge in Ohio who recently sentenced a man to death defended his decision on both legal and theological... Read more

With inmate's fate unclear, Florida bishops pray to end death penalty

Aug 13, 2018

The Catholic bishops of Florida have asked for continued prayers for an end to the death penalty following the stay... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, May 2, 2018.

US bishops welcome change to Catechism on death penalty

Aug 3, 2018

Bishops across the US have welcomed the modification made to the Catechism of the Catholic Church saying the Church teaches... Read more

Ohio bishops commend governor's reprieve, commutation of executions

Jul 24, 2018

The Ohio Catholic Conference on Friday welcomed the state governor's decision to grant reprieve and commutation to two men who... Read more

Scheduled execution in Nebraska 'would undermine respect for human life'

Jul 6, 2018

Nebraska's bishops on Friday issued a statement opposing the execution of Carey Dean Moore, whose execution date has been set... Read more

Bishops object as Illinois governor pushes to reinstate death penalty

May 15, 2018

The Catholic Conference of Illinois decried the governor’s call to re-establish the death penalty, which has not been used in... Read more

Study finds decline in global death penalty numbers

Apr 12, 2018

After a record-high year of death sentences implemented around the world in 2016, a new report released by Amnesty International... Read more

Death penalty for drug dealers? Catholic group responds to federal memo

Mar 22, 2018

The Trump administration’s call for increased use of the death penalty in drug-related crimes will not address the root causes... Read more

Botched execution shows death penalty must end, Catholic group says

Mar 13, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

As a death row inmate in Alabama sues the state over a botched execution last month, a Catholic advocacy group... Read more

Supreme Court delays execution of inmate over dementia claims

Feb 13, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court has delayed the execution of an Alabama man who killed a police officer in 1985, on... Read more

The lethal injection chamber at San Quentin State Prison.

Death penalty repeal a growing trend among Republican lawmakers

Oct 28, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

Republican lawmakers play an increasing role in opposition to the death penalty. Both political principles and, for some, their Catholic... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 17, 2015.

Pope's death penalty views may mean new approach to criminal justice

Oct 12, 2017

By JD Flynn

On Wednesday, Pope Francis told a gathering in Rome that the Catechism of the Catholic Church should significantly revise its... Read more

Mo. governor right to halt execution, Catholic conference says

Aug 24, 2017

A governor’s decision to stay the imminent execution of a death row inmate following claims of new evidence has drawn... Read more

Florida Department of Corrections execution chamber.

As Florida execution approaches, bishops urge governor to take pro-life path

Aug 22, 2017

An imminent execution scheduled for this week is the wrong path, said Florida’s Catholic bishops, urging the governor of the... Read more

Is Virginia about to execute a man with a serious mental illness?

Jun 30, 2017

By Matt Hadro

William Morva is scheduled to be executed in Virginia on July 6.  Read more

The Supreme Court of the United States.

US Supreme Court death penalty decision could be victory for due process

Jun 19, 2017

By Matt Hadro

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a defendant has a right to a mental health evaluation independent of the... Read more

The lethal injection chamber at San Quentin State Prison.

Calif. Supreme Court weighs ballot measure to hasten death penalty

Jun 8, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

A ballot measure intended to speed up the application of the death penalty is now being challenged before the California... Read more

New pledge aims to amplify Catholic opposition to death penalty

May 14, 2017

A Catholic pledge against the death penalty cites Pope Francis’ stand as a motive to increase Catholic action against capital... Read more

Judge gavel.

Trump nominee wrote on Catholic judges and the death penalty

May 10, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Among the newly announced federal judges selected by President Donald Trump is a Catholic law professor who once co-wrote a... Read more