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Members of the Abolitionist Action Committee protest capital punishment in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington on June 29, 2022, to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Supreme Court decision in Furman v. Georgia, which determined the death penalty was unconstitutional. (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
According to the Death Penalty Information Center: “Seven of the 20 execution attempts were visibly problematic—an astonishing 37 percent—as a result of executioner incompetence, failures to follow protocols, or defects in the protocols themselves.”
President Joe Biden addresses the 77th session of the U.N. General Assembly at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York City Sept. 21, 2022. (CNS photo/Caitlin Ochs, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Martin O’Malley
Why would President Biden—who has done so much to repair America’s alliances abroad—have us side with Iran, Saudi Arabia and North Korea in voting for continued use of the death penalty in the world?
Politics & SocietyNews
Carol Glatz - Catholic News Service
Commitments to protect tolerance and religious freedom need to be put into practice constantly so that these rights may be fully experienced, Pope Francis said.
Politics & SocietyPodcasts
The Gloria Purvis Podcast
To kick off October’s “Respect Life” month on “The Gloria Purvis Podcast,” Gloria speaks with Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy about how a Catholic vision of restorative justice must guide our advocacy against the death penalty.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone
Pope Francis has asked Catholics to pray this September for an end to the death penalty, and we should ask ourselves a key question: Is it really necessary to kill in order to protect society?
Junno Arocho Esteves - Catholic News Service
“Capital punishment offers no justice to victims, but rather encourages revenge. And it prevents any possibility of undoing a possible miscarriage of justice,” the pope said in a video message Aug. 31.