U.S. Bishops to Launch Campaign to End Death Penalty

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WASHINGTON, D.C., MARCH 18, 2005 (Zenit.org).- U.S. bishops, seeing a "dramatic rise in Catholic opposition" to the death penalty, are launching a campaign to end capital punishment.



The "Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty" will be launched Monday.

Among those scheduled to help launch the event are Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington, D.C., and John Zogby, who conducted the survey that showed U.S. Catholics' opposition to the death penalty.

In a statement the bishops' conference said the new campaign will include new teaching and educational resources, a Web site, continuing legal action, ongoing legislative advocacy at state and federal levels, and links to the Church's pro-life and "faithful citizenship" efforts.

"The campaign is being launched at the beginning of Holy Week, a time when Christians mark the execution of Jesus Christ nearly 2,000 years ago," added the conference.