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


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 >>

Death Penalty Repeal Bill Introduced

Legislation that would end the use of the death penalty has been introduced in the Kansas House of Representatives.  Last year, the Kansas Senate came within one vote of approving legislation that would have repealed Kansas’s death penalty law.  The Kansas bishops support repeal as they believe that capital punishment is not necessary to keep […] Read More >>

Number of Executions Falls in 2010

December 27, 2010 | , | Posted in The Issues

According to the Death Penalty Information Center, there were 6 fewer executions in the United States than last year. Read More >>

Man Freed from Death Row

November 22, 2010 | | Posted in The Issues

A Texas man was released from prison after spending 18 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit, and for which he was sentenced to death.  Anthony Graves, now 45, entered prison when he was 26 years old.  His case shines a light on the terrifying likelihood that innocent men have been put […] Read More >>

Kansas Senate Defeats Death Penalty Repeal

February 19, 2010 | | Posted in The Issues

Legislation abolishing the death penalty in Kansas was voted down by the narrowest of margins in the Kansas Senate.  By a vote of 20-20, the Senate fell one vote short of what was needed to send the repeal legislation to the House of Representatives.  Michael Jackels, Bishop of Wichita, testified earlier in the year in […] Read More >>

Senate Committee Approves Death Penalty Repeal

January 29, 2010 | | Posted in The Issues

Legislation that would end the use of the death penalty in Kansas has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and will now be debated by the full Senate.  The committee vote was 7-4. Read More >>

Bishop Jackels Testifies on Death Penalty

January 20, 2010 | , | Posted in The Issues

On January 19, Bishop Michael Jackels of Wichita testified in support of legislation that would repeal the death penalty in Kansas.  The Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee is the Senate committee with jurisdiction over this legislation. Read More >>