The Death Penalty
“The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development. This conviction has led me, from the beginning of my ministry, to advocate at different levels for the global abolition of the death penalty.”

Pope Francis, Address to Congress


Statement of U.S. Bishop Chairmen on Federal Executions Scheduled This Week
Statement from Archbishop Charles C. Thompson calls again for end to federal executions in Indiana
Three U.S. Bishops Call for an End to the Federal Death Penalty
We've been bishops in 3 death penalty states. It's time to stop federal executions for good. Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, Bishop Frank J. Dewane
Pope Francis: 'death penalty inadmissable'
Catholic Church Lauds Washington State Supreme Court Death Penalty Ruling
Catholic Bishops of Florida Continue to Call for End to Capital Punishment with SCOTUS Ruling The bishops of Florida
To build a culture of life we must respect the sanctity of even "unlovable" lives The bishops of Virginia
A Statement of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts on the Death Penalty The bishops of Massachusetts
Abolition of the Death Penalty Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas
Death Penalty Statement The bishops of Missouri
Statement on Pending Execution of Christopher Sepulvado The bishops of Louisiana
CA Bishops Support Prop 34 to End the Use of the Death Penalty The bishops of California
Statement Opposing the Death Penalty The bishops of Arizona
Choose Life: Reflections on the Death Penalty The bishops of Kentucky
Neither Retribution Nor Deterrence Justify Death Penalty The bishops of Florida
A Pastoral Statement on the Death Penalty in Washington State The bishops of Washington
2009 Capital Punishment Statement The bishops of Colorado
A Statement of the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey on the Death Penalty The bishops of New Jersey
Pastoral Letter on the Death Penalty The bishops of Missouri
A Letter to Catholics in Wisconsin on the Death Penalty The bishops of Wisconsin
The Death Penalty No Justice No Healing No Closure The bishops of Indiana
A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death US Conference of Catholic Bishops
Let Justice and Mercy Meet: Crime, Punishment and the Common Good in Light of Sacred Scripture and Catholic Teaching The bishops of Louisiana
Declaration of the Holy See to the First World Congress on the Death Penalty
Statement on Capital Punishment The bishops of Massachusetts
The Death Penalty - Choose Life: A Statement on Capital Punishment The bishops of Pennsylvania
Responsibility, Rehabilitation, and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Crime and Criminal Justice U.S. Catholic Bishops
A Call for the Abolition of the Death Penalty The bishops of Washington
A Witness To Life: The Catholic Church and the Death Penalty Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles
A Good Friday Appeal to End the Death Penalty Administrative Board of the U.S. Catholic Conference
The Gospel of Life vs. The Death Penalty Bishop Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap. of Fall River, Massachusetts
Statement on Capital Punishment The bishops of Massachusetts
Statement on the Death Penalty The bishops of Michigan
Abolition of the Death Penalty Archbishop Renato R. Martino, Apostolic Nuncio
Statement on Death Penalty The bishops of Iowa
Statement by the Catholic Bishops of Texas on Capital Punishment The bishops of Texas
Statement on Capital Punishment The bishops of Massachusetts
The True Road to Justice Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Denver
Church Teaches that All Life is Valuable Archbishop Harry J. Flynn of St. Paul and Minneapolis
A Bishop's Statement on Capital Punishment Bishop Joseph V. Adamec of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Choose Life: Reflections on the Death Penalty The bishops of Kentucky
Affirming Justice and Mercy The bishops of Ohio
Capital Punishment in Wisconsin The bishops of Wisconsin
Reverence for Life and the Preservation of the Common Good The bishops of North Dakota
Creating New Hearts: Moving from Retributive to Restorative Justice The bishops of New Zealand
Stories of Violence and Responses to It Bishop Brunett of Helena, Montana
New Mexico Catholic Conference Opposes Death Penalty and Calls for Prison Reform The bishops of New Mexico
Restoring All to the Fullness of Life The Bishops of New York
Statement on Capital Punishment The Bishops of Massachusetts
Justice & Mercy: Reassessing the Death Penalty The bishops of Ohio
Oregon Catholic Bishops' statement
Addendum to the Oklahoma Catholic Bishops' Statement on Capital Punishment
The Montana Catholic Conference on Capital Punishment
Statement on Capital Punishment U.S. Catholic Bishops
The Death Penalty Supported Archbishop Francis J. Furey of San Antonio
Statement on Capital Punishment The bishops of Ohio
A Florida Bishop Speaks Against Capital Punishment Bishop Gracida of Pensacola-Tallahassee
Feast of St. John the Evangelist Capital Punishment William Cardinal Baum
Statement On Capital Punishment Bishops of Florida


The Death Penalty Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Position on Capital Punishment Christian Reformed Church in America
American Baptist Resolutions on Capital Punishment
Resolution on the Death Penalty Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Reaffirm Opposition to Capital Punishment Episcopal Church
Report on Capital Punishment Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
Capital Punishment Presbyterian Church (USA)
The Death Penalty United Church of Christ
The Death Penalty United Methodist Church
Statement on the Death Penalty Church of the Brethren
Capital Punishment Community of Christ
A Resolution: The Death Penalty, 2001 Mennonite Church USA
Capital Punishment The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)
NCC Supports Moratorium On Death Penalty National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA
On Capital Punishment Southern Baptist Convention
Capital Punishment General Council of the Assemblies of God
Resolution Number: 2000-A083 Episcopal Church
Capital Punishment and the Gospel Fr. Thomas Mueller, The Orthodox Church in America
Hinduism and capital punishment
Capital Punishment Central Conference of American Rabbis
Capital Punishment Marcus Jastrow and S. Mendelsohn in the Jewish Eneyclopedia
Islam and the Death Penalty William A. Schabas
Buddhism & Capital Punishment Damien P. Horigan
Unitarian Universalists for Alternatives to the Death Penalty


Statement on Capital Punishment Christian Council of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore
Georgia Bishops And The Death Penalty Catholic bishops of Georgia and the Episcopal bishop of Atlanta
Resolution on Capital Punishment Oklahoma Conference of Churches
To End the Death Penalty The National Jewish-Catholic Consultation, USA
Resolution Opposing the Death Penalty General Assembly of the Texas Conference of Churches
Death Penalty's Future Rhode Island Religious Leaders


Articles in SSRN, composed of a number of specialized research networks
Catholics and the Death Penalty: Lawyers, Jurors & Judges: Foreword Amelia J. Uelmen
Christian Witness, Moral Anthropology, and the Death Penalty Richard W. Garnett
Sectarian Reflections on Lawyers' Ethics and Death Row Volunteers Richard W. Garnett
Religious Conservatives and the Death Penalty Thomas C. Berg

Articles in Theological Studies, a quarterly journal of theology published by the Jesuits of the United States and Canada
Foundations Once Destroyed: The Catholic Church and Criminal Justice Andrew Skotnicki
Just Punishment and America's Prison Experiment Patrick T. Mccormick
Do Circumstances Ever Justify Capital Punishment? Peter Black
Capital Punishment John Langan

Articles in Sojourners
Community for a "Dead Man" Joe Nangle, OFM
To Die For: The death penalty is nothing more than revenge Carol Fennelly
Arbitrary, Racist, and Unfair: Lawyers push for end to executions John Cole Vodicka
Hard Evidence: Hearing the facts about the death penalty Julie Polter
Leaven of Forgiveness: Murder victims' families stand against the death penalty Mary Sue Penn

Articles in William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2000
Introduction to the Symposium: Religion's Role in the Administration of the Death Penalty Stephen P. Garvey
Religious Conservatives and the Death Penalty Thomas C. Berg
Don't Take His Eye, Don't Take His Tooth, and Don't Cast the First Stone: Limiting Religious Arguments in Capital Cases John H. Blume and Sheri Lynn Johnson
Abortion, Capital Punishment, and the Politics of "God's" Will Kimberly J. Cook
God and the Executioner: The Influence of Western Religion on the Use of the Death Penalty Davison M. Douglas
Religious Organizations and the Death Penalty Robert F. Drinan
Capital Punishments and Religious Arguments: An Intermediate Approach Samuel J. Levine
Religious Neutrality and the Death Penalty Arnold H. Loewy
The Role of Organized Religions in Changing Death Penalty Debates Michael L. Radelet
Transcript of Speech on Religions's Role in the Administration of the Death Penalty Pat Robertson
Islam and the Death Penalty William A. Schabas
Punishment at all Costs: On Religion, Convicting the Innocent, and Supporting the Death Penalty Robert L. Young

Articles in JustSouth Quarterly, published at Loyola University New Orleans
Cruel and Unusual: Capital Punishment in Louisiana and Beyond Nik Mitchell, PH.D.
We Are Not God: No Way to Desvise a Fair Death Penalty Alex Mikulich, PH.D.

Articles in Church Life Journal, a journal of the McGrath Institute for Church Life
When the State Kills Charles C. Camosy
The Unsung Russian Forerunner of the Death Penalty's Demise in Catholic Teaching Andrew Kuiper

Articles from other sources
The New Natural Lawyers, Contraception, Capital Punishment, and the Infallibility of the Ordinary Magisterium Christian D. Washburn
The Death Penalty Is a Failed Sacrifice E. Tyler Graham
Restore justice: Catholics around the nation are working to end the death penalty and honor the dignity of all human life Amanda Hendler-Voss
Crime and Punishment: A Christian Perspective Gerry O'Hanlon
Evolving Catholic Teaching about the Death Penalty Dr. Julia Fleming
Pope John Paul II, Vatican II, and Capital Punishment Howard Bromberg
Capital Punishment and the Law Keven L. Flannery, SJ
Beyond Extrinsic Forgiveness: Recognizing the Dignity of the Offender Eric Gudan
Catholic Jurors and the Death Penalty Gerald F. Uelmen
Amrozi and Luke's Gospel Michael Trainor
Antonin Scalia and His Critics: The Church, the Courts, and the Death Penalty Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ, et al.
Faith Traditions and the Death Penalty Cardinal Dulles, David Novak, Gilbert Meilaender, and Khaled Abou El Fadl
Religious Reflections on the Death Penalty John Carr, Nathan Diament, Barrett Duke, Rev. Joseph Lowery
Catholicism & Capital Punishment Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ
Correspondence Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ
Statement by Pax Christi USA Regarding the Death Penalty
Pro-Life, Anti-Death Penalty? James R. Kelly and Christopher Kudlac
Mother Teresa and the Death Penalty Father John Dear, SJ
Punishing Evildoers with the Sword: Further Discussion? Robert Holyer
Capital Punishment: A Christian View and Biblical Perspective Kerby Anderson
Capital Punishment John Willis in the 1911 Catholic encyclopedia
Thomas Aquinas: On Murder Summa Theologica, Second Part of the Second Part, Question 64


Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty
Sister Helen Prejean Author of "Dead Man Walking"
Catholic Mobilizing Network
California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty
Capital Punishment: The Death Penalty
Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty U.N. Doc. A/44/49 (1989), entered into force July 11, 1991
Ethics Updates: Punishment and the Death Penalty

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