Dignity and the Death Penalty provides an opportunity for small groups to consider the ways in which capital punishment is cruel, unjust, and unnecessary and also to explore alternatives that can reverence life rather than destroy it. The author, Alice Hugh Brown, traces the development of Catholic teaching on this issue from historic toleration of the death penalty as the only means of protecting society from some violent offenders to the declaration by Pope Francis that capital punishment is inadmissible in the modern world. The book was developed in collaboration with Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., author of Dead Man Walking and The Death of Innocents a leading proponent of abolishing the death penalty. The sessions include many of Sister Helen's insights.
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