THE DEATH PENALTY
The Evangelical Catholic Church is unconditionally opposed
to the death penalty under any circumstances.
This Catholic jurisdiction embraces the belief that all
life is unconditionally precious, since life comes from God. Any
act, which fails to respect the gift of life, is inherently and
The Evangelical Catholic Church fully recognizes and
shares in the pain and suffering when one human commits violence
against another person. When a person takes the life of another, we
acknowledge the pain and the hurt. But we also recognize that taking
the life of the guilty will not return a lost loved one to their
family and friends, or will it, in reality, erase the pain and loss.
We do not wish to shield the guilty from the consequences of their
actions, but we do not believe that the taking of their lives is a
legitimate answer for one cannot respond to an inherently wrong
action by committing another inherently wrong action.
We also believe that in this country [The United States of
America], the death penalty has been applied unfairly along racial,
ethnic, and socio-economic lines. Not only is the act of the death
penalty inherently wrong, but the manner in which it is applied
become morally wrong.
We call upon all nations, along with the United States of
America, which continue to impose the death penalty, to abolish it.
Approved July 1, 2001