Death Penalty

"In Catholic teaching the state has the recourse to impose the death penalty upon criminals convicted of heinous crimes if this ultimate sanction is the only available means to protect society from a grave threat to human life.  However, this right should not be exercised when other ways are available to punish criminals and to protect society that are more respectful of human life."

 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death, November, 2005 

Hands on Jail Door

Conference Legislative Action

See Bishops' Statement on the Death Penalty, (pdf) April, 2015. 

See MCC Testimony Against Death Penalty Legislation, (pdf) October, 2011. 

See MCC Fact Sheet on the Death Penalty in Massachusetts, (pdf) 2001. 

See MCC Testimoney Against Death Penalty Legislation, (pdf) October, 2007. 

See Bishops' Statement on the Death Penalty, (pdf) February, 2001. 

See Bishops' Statement Against Reinstating (pdf) the Death Penalty, March, 1999. 

See Bishop O'Malley's (Fall River) Pastoral Letter, The Gospel of Life v. the Death Penalty, (pdf) February, 1999. 

See Bishops' Statement on Capital Punishment, (pdf) October, 1997. 

See Bishops' Statement on Capital Punishment, (pdf) July, 1994.