The federal government has resumed federal executions for the first time in 17 years. As Pope Francis has made clear, the death penalty is inadmissible as an affront to the Gospel and the dignity of human life.
The Catholic bishops have expressed their opposition to the death penalty for decades, and have raised their voices against the death penalty several times since the new federal executions were announced.
- In July 2019, Bishop Dewane called on the administration to abandon plans to resume federal executions.
- Archbishop Coakley, Archbishop Gregory, and Bishop Dewane participated in a roundtable discussion for the World Day Against the Death Penalty in October 2019.
- Archbishop Coakley, Archbishop Gregory, and Bishop Dewane co-authored an op-ed in America Magazine in December 2019.
- The USCCB restated its opposition to the death penalty in an amicus curiae brief in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court in January 2020.
- Archbishop Coakley called on Attorney General Barr and President Trump to reverse course on the executions after the Supreme Court declined to hear the appeals of the death row inmates in June 2020.
- Archbishop Coakley and Archbishop Naumann issued statements in August, September, and November 2020 urging the administration to stop the executions.
Several other Catholic bishops have spoken out against the executions across the country.
Now it’s your turn: please join us in raising your voice against these executions. Tell Acting Attorney General Rosen to stop the executions because they undermine human dignity!