Tag: Death penalty

N.H. death penalty repeal bid called ‘an enormous victory for life’

N.H. death penalty repeal bid called ‘an enormous victory for life’

| April 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

The New Hampshire Senate’s vote to repeal the death penalty is “an enormous victory for life,” according to the executive director of the Catholic Mobilizing Network.

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Executions down globally, but up in U.S., says Amnesty International

Executions down globally, but up in U.S., says Amnesty International

| Bronwen Dachs | April 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

The number of executions worldwide has dropped by almost one-third, Amnesty International said in its latest review of the death penalty.

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Supreme Court’s recent actions reveal its death penalty divide

Supreme Court’s recent actions reveal its death penalty divide

| Carol Zimmermann | April 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

In two recent actions, the U.S. Supreme Court revealed its death penalty decisions are hardly cut and dried.

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High court examines potential racial bias in juries on death penalty cases

High court examines potential racial bias in juries on death penalty cases

| Carol Zimmermann | March 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

In mid-March, the U.S. Supreme Court considered possible racially biased juries in two death penalty cases. They rejected one case and listened to oral arguments in another, but in both cases, justices expressed unease.

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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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Death penalty is fruit of laws lacking humanity, mercy, pope says

Death penalty is fruit of laws lacking humanity, mercy, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

The death penalty is an inhumane form of punishment that ignores the primacy of mercy in the name of justice, Pope Francis said.

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Kavanaugh could be deciding vote in Supreme Court death penalty case

Kavanaugh could be deciding vote in Supreme Court death penalty case

| Carol Zimmermann | November 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

The latest death penalty case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court was not about if a death-row prisoner should be executed, but how.

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Washington state’s Supreme Court strikes down death penalty

Washington state’s Supreme Court strikes down death penalty

| October 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Catholic bishops of Washington state Oct. 11 applauded the unanimous decision of the state Supreme Court striking down the death penalty as unconstitutional.

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Top Vatican diplomat calls for universal abolition of death penalty

Top Vatican diplomat calls for universal abolition of death penalty

| Anne Condodina | September 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Abolishing the death penalty worldwide would reflect the brave and hope-filled belief that crime can be dealt with without capital punishment and that a criminal should be given the chance to reform, a top Vatican diplomat told world leaders.

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From readers — August 9, 2018

From readers — August 9, 2018

| August 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Death penalty teaching
Do Catholic justices matter?
Will the abusers pay?

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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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