"The death penalty is extremely expensive, it puts innocent lives at risk, it's hard on victims' families, and it gives government another unnecessary power."
Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha joined about 15 religious leaders, priests and nuns at a news conference in Omaha May 13 in calling for an end to the death penalty.
A capital campaign in the Omaha archdiocese has exceeded its $40 million goal with more than $52 million pledged for three to five years from more than 17,000 pledges.
"I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of Catholics all across the archdiocese," said Omaha Archbishop George Lucas, adding that he is "grateful for this expression of faith on the part of so many."
The Omaha, Neb., Archdiocese has purchased land near the college campus in hopes of building a Newman Center to open in the fall of 2016.
The archdiocese of Omaha has found two archdiocesan priests -- in separate cases -- guilty of sexual abuse of a minor, dismissing one from the priesthood.
The prayers of two religious sisters were key elements of the Vatican-approved miracle that led the way to the beatification of their order's foundress.
Cutting food aid for poor children to bring the federal deficit under control seems "penny-wise and pound-foolish," said an essay by four Nebraska Christian bishops, including the Catholic bishop of Grand Island, Bishop William Dendinger.
Approximately 300 members of the College Theology Society gathered over the weekend for an annual conference that sent a signal to the bishops: We'll try it your way.
When teaching college students the high concepts of Catholicism, the church's academics must also convey the faith as an act of personal transformation, a theologian told his peers Thursday.