The Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty
The Catholic bishops in the United States have been calling for an end to the use of the death penalty for more than twenty-five years. In 2005, they invited Catholics to join them in an ongoing “Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty.” This Web site, features resources to help you learn about the Catholic Church’s teaching and action to end the use of the death penalty in the United States.
Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty
The Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty was launched on January 25, 2009. The Network is working in collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Its goal: to put the Church’s teaching about the death penalty into action.
The Catholic Mobilizing Network seeks to foster respectful dialogue about the death penalty by offering educational tools and meaningful actions to schools, parishes, church groups, community groups, and individual leaders and laypersons.
Public opinion polls reveal that support for the death penalty is decreasing, including among Catholics. This trend has been manifested in a variety of ways from legislative changes to steadily diminishing execution rates. Fostering this growing American reluctance to condemn or execute is consistent with Church teaching and promotes the sanctity of all human life.
Please check out their materials, many of which are being translated into Spanish.
California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty
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CPF is a statewide interfaith organization working to educate and mobilize faith communities to act to abolish the death penalty in California.
California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty works closely with California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, Murder Victims Families for Human Rights and Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation. California People of Faith recognizes and remember the victims.
As people of faith, we believe that God calls us to something more: a high and often difficult standard of love and forgiveness and justice that is rooted not in retribution but rather in redemption and restoration. The death penalty denies the sacredness of human life. Spiritually, the death penalty robs us all.
Healing and support for everyone affected by the criminal justice system.
RestoreJustice.com is an outreach of the California Catholic Conference offering healing and support to everyone affected by the criminal justice system throughout the U.S.
The purpose of RestoreJustice.com is to offer a place of compassion and assistance, resources and services and educational information for anyone who is affected by crime - victims of crime, offenders and their families, corrections staff, chaplains, criminal justice system employees and management, and advocates for restorative justice.
Catholics Against Capital Punishment
Founded in 1992, CACP strives to insure that members of the clergy and laypeople -- both Catholic and non-Catholic -- are aware of, and understand the seriousness of, Church teachings on capital punishment.
It seeks to instill in elected officials the courage to resist the temptation to support the death penalty as a politically-expedient way of promoting themselves as "tough on crime."
Its newsletter, CACP News Notes, disseminates news about Catholic-oriented anti-death penalty efforts to its individual members, diocesan social concerns offices, members of the hierarchy, and others.
Death Penalty Information Center
The Death Penalty Information Center is a non-profit organization serving the media and the public with the most current analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment. The Center was founded in 1990 and prepares in-depth reports, issues press releases, conducts briefings for journalists, and serves as a resource to those working on this issue. The Center is widely quoted and consulted by all those concerned with the death penalty.
DPIC offers the most up-to-date materials in Spanish and English, has developed an educational curriculum and features a student/teacher resource center on their webpage.
Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project:
In 2002, Tim Robbins wrote the stage play of DEAD MAN WALKING based on Sister Helen Prejean’s best-selling book. Several years earlier, in 1995, Tim directed the critically acclaimed film of the same name, starring Susan Sarandon—who won an Oscar for her performance as Sister Helen—and Sean Penn. The DEAD MAN WALKING School Theatre Project (the Play Project, for short) is an opportunity to broaden discussion about the death penalty and involve schools and their local communities in an inter-disciplinary dialogue about this major social issue. The website is designed to help schools get involved in the Play Project and to provide resources and support for schools that are already taking part.
Death Penalty Discourse Network:
Sister Helen Prejean is one of the best-known voices speaking against the death penalty in the United States and worldwide. She travels extensively, giving, on average, 140 lectures a year, seeking to ignite public discourse on the issue. Her books, Dead Man Walking and The Death of Innocents, have reached people around the world and have helped engage millions of people in dialogue about state executions. During those times she is not on the road, Sister Helen's work is based at the Death Penalty Discourse Network in New Orleans.
* National Coalition to End the Death Penalty
* National Coalition to End the Death Penalty – En Espanol