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Vision and Mission

Vision:  Abolition of the death penalty in the state of Georgia

Mission: To educate Catholics on Church teaching about capital punishment and to encourage action to end its use in Georgia

Overview

Upholding the dignity of the human person, the Catholic Church teaches that capital punishment is incompatible with the gospel and can no longer be justified in modern society.  Though the death penalty is still carried out in Georgia at an alarming pace, Catholics and other people of faith are increasingly coming forward in opposition to its use.  In order to build on their good works, Georgia Catholics Against the Death Penalty (GACADP) is being organized to promote a spirituality of respect for life that encompasses victims of violent crime as well as those at risk of execution for capital offenses.

Focusing initially on the Archdiocese of Atlanta, GACADP will serve as the Georgia unit of the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty.  Working directly with the archdiocesan office of Prison and Jail Ministry, in cooperation with the Respect Life Ministry and Parish and Social Justice Ministry, GACADP will build a network of parish leaders and other concerned Catholics to foster ongoing prayerful witness against the death penalty. This network will serve three related purposes:

  • Education – Educate local Catholics about Church teaching on capital punishment
  • Mobilization – Provide a mechanism to share information, events and calls to action across the Archdiocese of Atlanta
  • Action – Encourage a Catholic presence at vigils, protests and legislative actions aimed at awareness, moratorium and abolition of the death penalty

Guiding Principles

  • As Catholics, we believe that  life is sacred from conception until natural death
  • We uphold the Catechism of the Catholic Church which declares that “the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity ‘are very rare, if not practically nonexistent’”
  • We also uphold the statements of recent popes, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and our own bishops here in Georgia who have called for us to create a “culture of life”
  • We will work hand-in-hand with those Catholic organizations in Georgia and in the wider Catholic community who seek to promote a culture of life and end the death penalty
  • We will also work cooperatively with like-minded individuals and organizations seeking to end the death penalty in our state
  • With guidance from the Georgia Catholic Conference, we will engage public officials and the broader community in order to shape public opinion and influence legislators to enact life-affirming policies