We are the
Joint statement of Bishop Calvo and Bishop Pepe
on the abolition of the
Death Penalty in Nevada
Death Penalty Abolition
The Nevada Legislature is considering a bill (A.B. 237), which will abolish the death penalty
in the state and replace it with life in prison, without the possibility of parole. This is an opportunity
for Catholics to reflect on the Church’s teaching on this issue and to understand the position of the
Nevada Catholic Conference in support of ending the death penalty.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that “the Church does not exclude recourse
to the death penalty” if this is the only possible, effective means of crime prevention. Today the
cases in which the death penalty is “absolutely necessary, ‘are very rare, if not practically nonexistent’’’ (CCC 2267).
Weighing heavily against the use of the death penalty is the dignity of human life, which Pope St. John Paul II said “must never be taken away, even in the case of someone who has done great evil. Modern society,” he said, “has the means of protecting itself, without definitively denying criminals the chance to reform.”
FOR MORE follow THE LINK
Please go to the official website of the Nevada Legislature to register your support for A.B. 237.
Click on “Share Your Opinion With Your Legislators”,on the right hand side, Select A.B. 237 from the “Select Bill” drop down, then go to the “Your View” line, and click on “For”.