Capital Punishment

The Catholic Church seeks to end use of the death penalty as a method of punishment. Modern industrialized nations such as ours have the means to permanently imprison those convicted of the most heinous crimes in order to protect society. Use of deadly force should be a last resort, not the first.

Bishop Jackels’ Testimony on the Death Penalty


Champions for Change Dinner on September 26

September 4, 2014 | | Posted in The Issues

The Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty is hosting its “Champions for Change” dinner on September 26, 2014, in Topeka, KS.  For more details, click here. Archbishop Naumann and the Benedictine College Ravens for Life will be among those honored. Read More >>

Archbishop Naumann Testifies for Death Penalty Repeal

Yesterday Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas testified before the Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of legislation that would end the use of the death penalty in Kansas.  You can read Archbishop Naumann’s testimony here. Read More >>

Action on Death Penalty Repeal Unlikely This Year

March 29, 2013 | , | Posted in The Issues

With the legislative session winding down, legislation that would repeal Kansas’ death penalty law will have to wait until next year. Read More >>

Death Penalty Repeal Bill Introduced in Kansas Senate

February 7, 2013 | , | Posted in The Issues

SB 126 would repeal Kansas’ death penalty law and abolish capital punishment in Kansas. Read More >>

House Committee Holds Hearing on Death Penalty

The Kansas House Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice held an informational hearing on capital punishment yesterday.  The Kansas Catholic Conference testified in favor of legislation to end the use of the death penalty in Kansas.  No action is expected on such legislation during this session of the Legislature. Read More >>

January 30th Is Kansas Death Penalty Abolition Day

Kansas hasn’t always had the death penalty.  In fact, the death penalty has been repealed twice, the first time being in 1907 when Governor Hoch signed a bill to end the state death penalty.  The exact date Governor Hoch signed that historic piece of legislation was January 30th, which is why January 30th is now […] Read More >>

Illinois Abolishes the Death Penalty

March 11, 2011 | Posted in The Issues

Governor Pat Quinn has signed a law ending the use of the death penalty in Illinois. Read More >>