Social Justice and Life

Death Penalty

With recent national attention focusing on the execution of four individuals in Arkansas, the debate on the death penalty has been reignited in America. As Catholics, we turn to our faith and tradition to better understand the teaching on this issue.

The Catechism teaches us that "Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains forever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2258)

Please click on the resources below to learn more about the teaching of the Catholic Church on the death penalty and visit the Catholic Mobilizing Network at to sign the National Catholic Pledge to End the Death Penalty.    

Backgrounder on the Death Penalty

Life Matters: The Death Penalty

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Catholic Mobilizing Network


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Patrice Swick, director
Social Justice and Life
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