+ Bishops and Pope Call for the End the Death Penalty

September 28, 2016

Indeed, it is time to end this barbaric practice of revenge. The Death Penalty has never been about Justice. It is about revenge plan and simple.  Killing isn’t Justice. A society has an obligation to protect its citizens. In those countries that do not have the resources to build supermax prisons may need the death penalty to protect its citizens. The United States fails to meet that criteria that might justify the death penalty. Here is the official Church teaching from the Catechism:

2267 Assuming that the guilty party’s identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.

If, however, non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people’s safety from the aggressor, authority will limit itself to such means, as these are more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and more in conformity to the dignity of the human person.

Today, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offense incapable of doing harm – without definitely taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself – the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity “are very rare, if not practically nonexistent.” (John Paul II, Evangelium vitae 56)

 

Pope Francis recently spoke on this issue:

 

Archbishop Gomez. Archdiocese of Los Angeles, call for the end of the Death Penalty, and for Californians to vote “Yes” on Proposition 62. He an the other bishops are also calling for the end of the  Death Penalty throughout the nation.

 

Killing Isn’t Justice

It is time to end the death penaly



+ Pope: Prisons shouldn’t just be about punishment

November 23, 2012



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August 4, 2012

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Pontiff Lauds Efforts To End Death Penalty

December 4, 2011

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Notes Human Dignity of Prisoners

VATICAN CITY, NOV. 30, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI today addressed a group of people working to the end the death penalty, expressing his hopes that their efforts will succeed.

At the end of the general audience, the Pope spoke in English to delegations from a number of countries participating in a meeting being promoted by the Sant’Egidio Community on the theme “No Justice without Life.”?

He said: “I express my hope that your deliberations will encourage the political and legislative initiatives being promoted in a growing number of countries to eliminate the death penalty and to continue the substantive progress made in conforming penal law both to the human dignity of prisoners and the effective maintenance of public order.”



Death Row Kids

October 25, 2010

January 2005
In the last five years, more juvenile offenders were killed in Texas than in the rest of the world combined. America continues to defend its right to execute children.

“They think we’re beasts. And we deserve nothing else other than our execution,” despairs Oswaldo. He’s been on death row since he was 17, after accidentally killing a man during an armed robbery. “In 12 years, I haven’t had a hug or a kiss.” In Louisiana, Lawrence Jacob Jr is also fighting for his life. Like Oswaldo, he was only 17 when he was sentenced to death. “I’m not asking you to release me. I’m only asking you for the chance to rehabilitate,” he reasons. Cerebral research proves that the brains of 17 year olds have not developed as much as adults. “Youths at that age are much too impulsive and don’t have the control,” explains one expert. But in America, that’s no bar to their execution.



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October 25, 2010



Life In Prison: A Project Envision Documentary

October 25, 2010



America’s Chain Gang

October 25, 2010



Prison Songs: Work Song from Texas Prison

October 25, 2010



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