Pope Francis has promulgated a change to the Catechism, which represents a development in Church teaching on the death penalty.

Compare and Contrast Church teaching on Death Penalty

New Catechism on Death Penalty as of 8/1/2018

2267 Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority, following a fair trial, was long considered an appropriate response to the gravity of certain crimes and an acceptable, albeit extreme, means of safeguarding the common good.

Today, however, there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes. In addition, a new understanding has emerged of the significance of penal sanctions imposed by the state. Lastly, more effective systems of detention have been developed, which ensure the due protection of citizens but, at the same time, do not definitively deprive the guilty of the possibility of redemption.

Consequently, the Church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person”,[1] and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide.

OLD Catechism on Death Penalty
2267 Assuming that the guilty party's identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.

If, however, non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people's safety from the aggressor, authority will limit itself to such means, as these are more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and more in conformity to the dignity of the human person.

Today, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offense incapable of doing harm - without definitely taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself - the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity "are very rare, if not practically nonexistent."


Primaries are Tuesday August 7th.

Back in May the House and Senate have passed the Adoption Protection Act.  The governor signed it.  However, this law barely passed and many Christian legislators and Catholic advocacy groups were shocked by the anti-religous attacks againt faith based groups who did not want to be coerced into violating their conscience.


As a Faithful Citzen here's what you can do:

Step 1: Know who your State Senator and Representative are.

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Step 2: Learn about the issue and decide for yourself

The House and Senate have passed the Adoption Protection Act.  The governor signed it.  However, this law barely passed and  many Christian legislators and Catholic advocacy groups were shocked by the anti-religous attacks againt faith based groups who don't support the LGBT agenda.

It is important at this moment to thank those voted "yes."  It also is worth reminding those who voted "no" that you will remember this vote at the August 7 primary election and the November 6 general election (mark your calendars!).

The bill simply protects faith-based adoption providers like Catholic Charities in their important work.  Yet on the House floor, opponents called the bill something out of 1940's Nazi Germany and described it as being akin to what slaveowners stood for.

Step 3: Learn how Your Representative and Senator Voted

The yes votes stood up to protect Faith Based Adoption agencies religous and conscience rights. 

Below you can click on the name of your representative and senator to be taken to their legislative homepage that has their email address.  (If you don't know who your legislators are, click here and enter your address)

Kansas House of Representatives

Voted YES: Alford, Arnberger, Aurand, Awerkamp, Bergquist, Blex, Burris, Carpenter, Claeys, Clark, Concannon, Corbet, Cox, Delperdang, Dietrich, Dove, Elliott, Ellis, Eplee, Esau, Finch, Francis, Garber, Hawkins, Highland, Hoffman, Houser, Huebert, Humphries, Jacobs, Jennings, Johnson, Jones, Karleskint, Kelly, Landwehr, Lewis, Mason, Mastroni, Orr, Osterman, Patton, Phillips, Powell, Proehl, Rafie, Rahjes, Resman, Ryckman, Schroeder, Seiwert, A. Smith, E. Smith, Sutton, Tarwater, Thimesch, Trimboli, Vickrey, Waymaster, Weber, Wheeler, Whitmer, Williams

Voted NO: Alcala, Baker, Ballard, Becker, Bishop, Brim, Burroughs, Carlin, Carmichael, Clayton, Crum, Curtis, Davis, Deere, Dierks, Finney, Frownfelter, Gallagher, Gartner, Good, Helgerson, Henderson, Highberger, Hineman, Hodge, Holscher, Horn, Judd-Jenkins, Kessinger, Koesten, Kuether, Lusk, Lusker, Markley, Miller, Murnan, Neighbor, Ohaebosim, Ousley, Parker, Phelps, Pittman, Probst, Ralph, Rooker, Ruiz, Sawyer, Schreiber, Sloan, Stogsdill, Swanson, Thompson, Trimmer, Victors, Ward, Weigel, Whipple, Wolfe Moore

Kansas Senate

Voted YES: Alley, Baumgardner, Berger, Billinger, Bowers, Denning, Doll, Estes, Fitzgerald, Goddard, Hardy, Hilderbrand, Kerschen, Longbine, Lynn, Masterson, Olson, Petersen, Pilcher-Cook, Pyle, Suellentrop, Tyson, Wagle, Wilborn

Voted NO: Bollier, Faust-Goudeau, Francisco, Haley, Hawk, Hensley, Holland, Kelly, McGinn, Pettey, Rogers, V. Schmidt, Skubal, Sykes, Taylor

Step 4: Make sure to Vote on Tuesday August 7th




Our Catholic Faith and the Immigration Issue


DACA and advocacy for DREAMERS

The U.S. Bishops are committed to working with the new administration to ensure that refugees and immigrants are humanely welcomed to the United States without sacrificing our nation’s security.

Learn what Catholic Social Teachings says about the immigration issue and how we as Catholics can help by visiting Justice for Immigrants



Looking to Catch Up?

theSkimm has a good summary of all the past immigration news events to help you get current with the political events that are shaping the immigration and refugee debate.  It's called, No Excuses, Not to talk about immigration.  This secular site has some good information that should help you and your friends get up to speed.




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What We Do

Provide resources and support for individuals and parishes active in social justice issues

Contact the OSJ for questions or support in applying Catholic Social teaching in our communities.

Educate Catholics of all ages about the Church's social teachings

Bill Scholl is available to speak with your parish, school, or Catholic group on promoting an understanding of the Church's Social Teachings.

The OSJ can help in developing curriculum for teaching Catholic Social Doctrine in your parish.

Advocate for the most vulnerable in our community, including immigrants, the imprisoned and the poor among us

The OSJ is an archdiocesan point of contact for political action in the light of the Gospel and teachings of the Magisterium.

The OSJ can help your parish in its ministries to the poor, imprisoned, or otherwise marginalized.

Promote Global Solidarity by engaging people in the efforts of Catholic Relief Services

The OSJ is the local archdiocesan contact for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and can help your parish group get more engaged in our Gospel call to solidarity.

Coordinate the local efforts of the Justice for Immigrants Campaign

The OSJ promotes comprehensive immigration reforms that respect the needs of families and our Nation's laws and is the local contact for the  U.S. Bishop's Justice for Immigrants campaign.

Manage the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) including local grants and helping local applicants with national grants

The OSJ works with local community development groups in funding projects that help the poor improve their lives by affecting sustainable, systematic change through the U.S bishops' Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

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To lead and encourage Catholics of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas to grow in their friendship with Jesus Christ by working for a just society that is informed by the Church’s social teachings amidst the challenges of modern society.


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