Death Penalty

End the Death Penalty


Not in Our Name

“If… non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people’s safety from the aggressor, authority will limit itself to such means, as these are more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and more in conformity with the dignity of the human person.”—Catholic Catechism, 2267

According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the test of whether the death penalty can be used is whether society has alternative ways to protect itself, not the seriousness of the crime. “Life in prison without parole,” they say, “provides a non-lethal alternative to the death penalty. We can’t know whether God has a purpose for a person’s life, even one who has committed a terrible crime and must spend his or her life behind bars.”

In keeping with Catholic Social Teaching, the Murphy Initiative supports global initiatives to eliminate the death penalty. Locally, we support efforts to abolish the death penalty in Maryland, particularly the work of Maryland CASE: Citizens against State Executions.

Take Local Action

1) Make your position clear and public. Participate in a vigil against the death penalty every Monday afternoon from 4-6pm in front of the Baltimore penitentiary. (Monument Street and Fallsway, downtown Baltimore)

2) Write to your senator and delegate expressing your support for the elimination of the death penalty in Maryland.

3) Use these Maryland CASE resources to express your views:

4) Talk with others about anti-death penalty initiatives. Share your views and information with others, encouraging them to take action.


See also the Justice and Peace pages.

Death Penalty Information Center(DPIC)

Dead wrong: Catholics must no longer support capital punishment

Sep. 30, 2011
By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service

End the Death Penalty


Equal Justice Initiative

Maryland CASE: Maryland Citizens against State Executions

Catholic Mobilizing Network