Tag: Capital punishment

Tone somber at prayer vigil for those facing execution in weeks ahead

Tone somber at prayer vigil for those facing execution in weeks ahead

| Natalie Hoefer | November 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Nearly 100 people were bathed in light as they gathered for a prayer vigil at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Terre Haute, not far from the Federal Correctional Complex.

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Journalist talks about reconciling faith and career of covering executions

Journalist talks about reconciling faith and career of covering executions

| Jo Ann Zuniga | October 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Michael Graczyk, a parishioner at a Catholic church in Montgomery County, Texas, has personally witnessed more than 400 executions of Texas inmates in death penalty cases in his career as a journalist.

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Mercy sisters honored for efforts to help New Hampshire end death penalty

Mercy sisters honored for efforts to help New Hampshire end death penalty

| July 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

A group of Mercy sisters has been honored by the New Hampshire Coalition Against the Death Penalty for the key role they played in making New Hampshire the 21st state in the country to abolish the death penalty.

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Bishops vote to revise U.S. catechism’s capital punishment section

Bishops vote to revise U.S. catechism’s capital punishment section

| Carol Zimmermann | June 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. bishops voted June 13 to revise what the U.S. church teaches its adult members about the death penalty in a passage on the issue in the U.S. Catechism for Adults.

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New Hampshire Catholic officials laud state’s death penalty ban

New Hampshire Catholic officials laud state’s death penalty ban

| Rhina Guidos | May 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

On May 30, New Hampshire lawmakers garnered enough votes to abolish the death penalty in the state, overriding a veto from Gov. Chris Sununu and becoming the 21st state to ban capital punishment.

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Supreme Court justices defend divergent death penalty views

Supreme Court justices defend divergent death penalty views

| Carol Zimmermann | May 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Although the Supreme Court justices chose not to take up two petitions for review submitted by death-row inmates from Alabama and Tennessee May 13, they didn’t do so with a simple one-sentence rejection.

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Supreme Court throws out inmate’s death sentence due to mental disability

Supreme Court throws out inmate’s death sentence due to mental disability

| Carol Zimmermann | February 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

For the second time in his case, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed an inmate’s death penalty sentence because of his intellectual disability.

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Cardinal Cupich: Death penalty can’t ‘rebalance the scales of justice’

Cardinal Cupich: Death penalty can’t ‘rebalance the scales of justice’

| Michelle Martin | August 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich, speaking during an Aug. 2 panel discussion, described how Catholic teaching on the death penalty has developed and stressed that putting people to death — even criminals who are certainly guilty of terrible acts — makes it seem that the God-given right to life is conditional.

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Catechism change shows ‘true dogmatic progress,’ archbishop says

Catechism change shows ‘true dogmatic progress,’ archbishop says

| Cindy Wooden | August 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis’ revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert that capital punishment is morally inadmissible shows how the church can grow in its understanding of the implications of basic tenets of faith, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.

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Nebraska Catholic bishops oppose execution of death-row inmate

Nebraska Catholic bishops oppose execution of death-row inmate

| Joe Ruff | July 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Encouraging an act of mercy and arguing it would not compromise justice, Nebraska’s three Catholic bishops said July 6 they oppose the scheduled execution in August of death-row inmate Carey Dean Moore.

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‘Dead Man Walking’ coming to Minnesota Opera

‘Dead Man Walking’ coming to Minnesota Opera

| January 10, 2018 | 3 Comments

The opera is based on the 1993 book of the same name by Sister Helen Prejean of the Congregation of St. Joseph that describes her role as a spiritual director to two men on death row before their executions.

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Bishops among first signatories to pledge to end death penalty

Bishops among first signatories to pledge to end death penalty

| Mark Pattison | May 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Bishops attending a meeting were among the first to sign the National Catholic Pledge to End the Death Penalty at the U.S. bishops’ headquarters building May 9.

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