Catholic Campaign to End the Death Penalty
“Catholic teaching offers a unique perspective on crime and punishment. It begins with the recognition that the dignity of the human person applies to both victims and their families. It also acknowledges the God-given dignity of every human life, even those who do great harm.”
One Catholic voice on death penalty takes on another
WASHINGTON (CNS) — For years, the two most prominent voices among U.S. Catholics on the subject of the death penalty have been those of a nun who is a former schoolteacher and a Georgetown- and Harvard-educated Supreme Court justice.
Helen Prejean, CSJ
This is the official website of Sister Prejean, who wrote “Dead Man Walking” about her experience being the spiritual advisor of a death row inmate. Today, she educates the public about the death penalty by lecturing, organizing and writing. As the founder of “Survive,” a victim’s advocacy group in New Orleans, she continues to counsel not only inmates on death row, but the families of murder victims, as well.
This newsletter is written by death row prisoners in the United States and distributed without charge to all 3400+ inmates in this country currently under the sentence of death. Subscriptions are also available to those on the outside.
Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN)
This organization proclaims the Church’s unconditional pro-life teaching and its application to capital punishment and restorative justice. CMN works in close collaboration with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to prepare Catholics for informed involvement in campaigns to repeal state death penalty laws and expand or inaugurate restorative justice programs.