A Mercy & Action Prayer Service for World Day Against the Death Penalty


The Archdiocese of Atlanta and Georgia Catholics Against the Death Penalty will offer A Mercy & Action Prayer Service for World Day Against the Death Penalty. Bishop Ned Shlesinger will preside and will offer a reflection on our call to practice mercy and to respect the dignity of human life. This virtual prayer service will […]

Not In Our Name: The Road to Abolishing the Death Penalty in Georgia


The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that the death penalty is “inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” (2267). If we are to be a Church that consistently respects and promotes the life and dignity of all human beings, we must reject the death penalty and […]

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Intellectual Disability and the Death Penalty in Georgia


In the state of Georgia, a person with a diagnosis of intellectual disability, regardless of severity, must prove their intellectual disability “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Further, the intellectual disability must be introduced not just during sentencing, but also during the trial phase. This standard of proof is the narrowest of any state in the entire […]

Dignity and the Death Penalty: A Conversation with Cardinal Wilton Gregory and Sister Helen Prejean


Join Cardinal Wilton Gregory, Archbishop of Washington, and Sister Helen Prejean, as they discuss the death penalty in the United States in a webinar presented by RENEW International and The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington. In addition to sharing their own views of capital punishment, Cardinal Gregory and Sister Helen will talk about how Catholics […]

Restorative Justice in the Criminal Legal System


A primary point of departure in Catholic social doctrine is the dignity of the human person. This, too, is a core understanding in restorative justice, which seeks to promote approaches to justice rooted in human dignity, relationship and healing. As a community of faith that shares these ideals, we can help be part of that movement to shift our criminal legal system from one of retribution to one of restoration and transformation. This lunch hour presentation will look at Catholic social doctrine and restorative justice, as well as the very real impact restorative approaches can have in our criminal legal system.