Pope Francis: Death penalty is contrary to the Gospel

Pontiff suggests Catechism should be changed to reflect the works and teachings of recent popes

In an Oct. 11 speech to members of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, Pope Francis said the topic of the death penalty should have “a more adequate and coherent space” in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This topic “cannot be reduced to a mere memory of a historic teaching” without taking into account the works and teachings of recent … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Paglia says Pontifical Academy for Life will pursue more diverse agenda

Criticizes pro-lifers for "raising the flags of a few principles"

The following comes from a July 19 story on the Catholic Culture website. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia explained the new strategic vision of the Pontifical Academy for Life in an interview with Austen Ivereigh for Crux. The Italian prelate brushed aside criticism that the Pontifical Academy has downgraded its commitment to the pro-life struggle, explaining that the … [Read more...]

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A Catholic defense of capital punishment

Provocative new book by Ignatius Press explains perennial teaching of the Church

The Catholic Church has in recent decades been associated with political efforts to eliminate the death penalty. In fact, the three most recent popes, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis, have called for the abolition of the death penalty. In 2016, Francis said, "Nowadays the death penalty is unacceptable, however grave the crime of the convicted person." With such … [Read more...]

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Measure that speeds up executions weighed by CA Supreme Court

Is Proposition 66, which California bishops opposed but which passed anyway, unconstitutional?

A ballot measure intended to speed up the application of the death penalty is now being challenged before the California Supreme Court. For its part, the California Catholic Conference has repeated its warning that a speedy death penalty risks further injustice. “The last three Popes have said that the death penalty is no longer needed,” Steve Pehanich, director of … [Read more...]

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US bishops sign petition to end death penalty

Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto was among prelates who were first to sign ‘National Catholic Pledge to End the Death Penalty’ at US bishops’ headquarters building on May 9

Bishops were among the first to sign the ‘National Catholic Pledge to End the Death Penalty’ at the US bishops’ headquarters building on May 9. Each person taking the pledge promises to educate, advocate and pray for an end to capital punishment. “All Christians and people of goodwill are thus called today to fight not only for the abolition of the death penalty, whether … [Read more...]

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California voters reject abolition of death penalty

Proposition 62, endorsed by state's Catholic bishops, would have ended capital punishment; voters said no by margin of 50.9% to 46.1%

The following comes from a November 9 LA Times article by Jazmine Ulloa: California voters on Tuesday defeated a ballot measure to repeal the state’s death penalty, while a measure that would expedite and amend the death penalty process narrowly leads with more ballots left to be counted. The final outcome will conclude a closely watched ballot race to address what people … [Read more...]

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Poll: California measure to end death penalty in danger

Most other propositions have support

The following is from an October 20 KPBS Midday Edition story: A statewide survey released Wednesday found almost all of California’s 17 ballot measures are on track to pass next month, with the proposition to end the death penalty in California the only measure to have significant opposition. The poll from Sacramento State’s Institute for Social Research and its … [Read more...]

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Diocese of Orange hosts criminal justice reform forum

About 75 attend the Office of Life, Justice and Peace forum on the need to change the justice system

The following comes from an October 5 Orange County Catholic article by Kimberly Porrazzo: More than 75 people gathered last night in the Freed Theater on the Christ Cathedral campus to hear from experts in the criminal justice system, as well as from those impacted by violent crimes, all of whom are committed to reforming our criminal justice system and ending the death … [Read more...]

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“It is time for us to end the death penalty”

Archbishop Jose Gomez explains why Church now favors abolition of the ultimate punishment for crime

The following comes from a September Angelus article written by Archbishop Jose Gomez: On the ballot this Nov. 8 in California is Proposition 62. This proposition would repeal the death penalty in our state and would make life in prison without parole the maximum punishment that could be imposed for crimes of murder. My brother bishops and I in the California Catholic … [Read more...]

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A step further

San Diego bishop issues his own statement on death penalty initiatives, claims application is racially and economically biased

The following comes from a July 14 Diocese of San Diego news release: The Most Rev. Robert McElroy, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, today issued the following statement about Props. 62 and 66, which deal with the state’s death penalty: “This fall, voters in California will be asked to decide on two propositions regarding the death penalty. Proposition 62, … [Read more...]

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