• The death penalty is in decline in states with large # of Catholics. NJ, which recently abolished the DP, has 3rd highest # of Catholics. #
  • States in Bible Belt with fewest # of Catholics, under influence of Southern Baptist Convention have largest death rows, most executions. #
  • It seems like a good time to be galvanizing Catholics to end the death penalty. #
  • Presently there are five Catholics on the U.S. Supreme Court: Roberts, Kennedy, Scalia, Thomas, Alito. #
  • If the Catholic community in dialogue with these justices could persuade one of them… #
  • … to allow his ethical lens to open wider his interpretation of the Constitution’s mandate of "equal justice under law"… #
  • …we would have the 5-4 vote needed to declare the death penalty unconstitutional. #
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