Capital Punishment/Mercy behind Bars

Public Information & Education

Pastoral Care

  • Louisiana Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty’s Crime Victims' Guidebook For Those Who Have Lost Their Loved Ones to Violence
  • Prison Apostolate in the Archdiocese - email or call 504-267-9727
  • Cornerstone Builders in the Archdiocese - support for those who are in prison, were in prison, & their families
  • Packages of Mercy...Aiding the Reentry Program by providing care packages to those who have just been released from prison & have no family.  The care packages should include things like men's toiletries, razors, towels, new undergarments, & other basic items, plus a note of encouragement.  Email the Respect Life Office for more information.

  • Messages of Mercy... Become a pen pal with a prisoner.  email the Respect Life Office to sign up.
  • Mentors of Mercy...Connecting interested volunteers to be mentors for children of those incarcerated.  Those who are interested would be connected with Catholic Charities' Cornerstone Builders.  Please email the Respect LIfe Office to sign up.

  • Journeys of Mercy… the local bus leaving from the New Orleans area travels to a correctional facility in LA on the 3rd Saturday of each month.  Anyone interested in joining us as we journey with the families who will visit their loved ones & to be there as prayerful support is welcome.  We travel with the family members of those who are incarcerated.  On the rides to & from the prison, we visit with the family members themselves, who make this very difficult journey when the bus is able to take them.  While they are making their 2 hour visit with their incarcerated loved ones, we spend time in prayer.  They need our support & our love.  In order to join me, please email the Respect Life Office.  To insure your seat on the bus I will need your name & phone number


Prayer & Worship


Church Teaching on Capital Punishment

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

“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.’"