On July 25, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would resume executions at the federal level for the first time since 2003. This decision violates the teachings of the Catholic Church, which unequivocally state that the death penalty is "inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person." (Catholic Catechism 2267)
▶ UPDATE: On December 2, 2019, U.S. Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to allow the resumption of the death penalty at the federal level. The request came hours after an appeals court upheld an injunction which temporarily halts the federal executions pending for December 2019 and January 2020. The situation concerning the planned restart of federal executions is still incredibly volatile and requires your continued vigilance.
The actions of the federal government are meant to represent the values of the American people — values of equality, fairness, and for Catholics, above all, a belief in the sanctity of human life. The proposed resumption of executions at the federal level flies in the face of these values, and promotes a culture of death where we so desperately need a culture of life.
Sign the petition now to stop this wrong-headed return to federal executions.
At the center of my Catholic faith is a belief in the sanctity of life and the inherent dignity of the human person. This dignity is inviolable and cannot be lost even after the commission of a serious crime. As such, I strongly oppose the proposed return of the federal death penalty.
As St. John Paul II said, “the dignity of human life must never be taken away, even in the case of someone who has done great evil.” I urge you to stop the proposed resumption of federal executions and uphold the sanctity of all human life.
Your advocacy is helping to build a culture of life by amplifying the Catholic call for an end to capital punishment. Together we can stop this attack on human dignity.
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