Diverse US Catholic journals unite against death penalty

In a rare display of unity, liberal and conservative US Catholic publications have issued a combined editorial calling for an end to the death penalty.

The editorial boards of America magazine, the National Catholic Register, the National Catholic Reporter and Our Sunday Visitor issued the statement.

The editorial urges readers and “the whole US Catholic community and all people of faith to stand with us and say, ‘Capital punishment must end’.”

The statement was prompted by an imminent Supreme Court hearing on the legality of certain drug combinations that death penalty opponents say constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

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