Last updated on: 11/11/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“Since 1980, the U.S. Catholic bishops have taken a strong and principled position against the use of the death penalty in the United States. The Catholic Church opposes the use of the death penalty not just for what it does to those guilty of horrible crimes, but for how it affects society. Last November, the U.S. Catholic Bishops affirmed this position in their statement A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death. This statement complements the efforts of the Catholic Church for many years and is a part of a comprehensive Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty launched in March of 2005. Moreover, Pope John Paul II, in both The Gospel of Life and the revised Catechism of the Catholic Church, stated that our society has adequate alternative means today to protect society from violent crime without resorting to capital punishment.”

“The Death Penalty,” USCCB website, Apr. 2006

Description:

“The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States. The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate fittingly adapted to the circumstances of time and place. This purpose is drawn from the universal law of the Church and applies to the episcopal conferences which are established all over the world for the same purpose.”

“About Us,” USCCB website (accessed Sep. 12, 2008)

Mission:

“The mission of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is to support the ministry of bishops with an emphasis on evangelization, by which the bishops exercise in a communal and collegial manner certain pastoral functions entrusted to them by the Lord Jesus of sanctifying, teaching, and governing. This mission calls the Conference to:

Act collaboratively and consistently on vital issues confronting the Church and society. Foster communion with the Church in other nations, within the Church universal, under the leadership of its supreme pastor, the Roman Pontiff. Offer appropriate assistance to each bishop in fulfilling his particular ministry in the local Church.”

“About Us,” USCCB website (accessed Sep. 12, 2008)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Should the Death Penalty Be Used for Retribution?