Use of the death penalty is an unacceptable practice that sows vengeance and does not bring justice to the victims of crime, Pope Francis said.
NCR Today: An anti-death penalty measure slated for the November ballot in California needs the full, public support of the state's bishops now, not later.
NCR Today: Pfizer Drug released a statement May 13 saying that it will enforce a restriction on the distribution of drugs considered by some states for their lethal injection protocols.
Preview: My friend Ivan Cantu is on death row in Texas. He and I have been writing letters to each other for 11 years.
A Roman Observer: The pope is disseminating a message that could change our lives in ways far more radical and destabilizing than anything unleashed by terrorists or militants.
In 2015, The U.S. saw the "fewest executions, fewest death sentences, and fewest states employing the death penalty in decades," according to a year-end report from an anti-death-penalty group.
"As the largest association of Catholic priests in the United States, we endorse the bishops' stance," said the chair of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests.
The death penalty is a grim topic. It's taking a forceful act of my will to set me to the task of writing about it. But a few events have converged, one involving me slightly, and I want to tell you.
The Catholic faith tradition "offers a unique perspective on crime and punishment, one grounded in mercy and healing, not punishment for its own sake," two bishops said in a statement renewing the U.S. Catholic church's push to end the death penalty.
"No matter how heinous the crime, if society can protect itself without ending a human life, it should do so. Today, we have this capability," wrote Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston and Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami.
NCR Today: The beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero reminds me of a story a prison chaplain told me in El Salvador.