Catholic Social Teaching: Crime & Death Penalty

USCCB on Crime & Death Penalty

USCCB on Nonviolence Issues, Human Trafficking

The Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty

A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death, 2005

When I Call for Help: A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence Against Women, 2002

Responsibility, Rehabilitation, Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Crime and Criminal Justice, 2000

Confronting a Culture of Violence, 1995

New Slavery, New Freedom: A Pastoral Message on Substance Abuse, 1990

Statement on Capital Punishment, 1980

Papal & Vatican Statements on the Death Penalty

The Vatican, The Holy Father and the Death Penalty

Pontifical Council for Justice & Peace, "Inflicting Punishment," Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (2005), #402-405

Other Resources

Notable quotations from Catholic social teaching on the theme of Criminal Justice, and Capital Punishment

Sunday, May 28, 2017

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First Inaugural Address, President Barack Obama


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