A dozen Saint Louis University professors have joined more than prominent 200 Catholic theologians who are calling for the end of the death penalty in the United States.
Their signatures appear on a statement issued this week on the Catholic Moral Theology website.
The statement, which cites Church teaching on capital punishment and calls upon the Church to work "unwaveringly" toward abolishing the practice, quickly garnered the attention of Catholic media, including America, Commonweal and the National Catholic Reporter, as well as news organizations like the Huffington Post.
Tobias Winright, Ph.D., associate professor of theological studies and director of the Manresa Program in Catholic Jesuit Studies, helped craft the statement, which was signed by the following SLU faculty.
- Mary Dunn, Ph.D., assistant professor of modern Christianity
- Jay Hammond, Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Theological Studies and associate professor of medieval theology
- James Kavanaugh, S.J., professor of philosophy
- Edwin Lisson S.J., associate professor of Christian ethics
- David Meconi S.J.. assistant professor of early Christianity
- Ronald Mercier S.J., associate professor of Christian ethics
- Ronald Modras, Ph.D., professor of modern Christianity
- Kenneth Parker, Ph.D., associate professor of modern Christianity
- John Renard, Ph.D., professor of medieval Islam
- Brian Robinette, Ph.D., associate professor of systematic theology
- Julie Rubio, Ph.D., associate professor of Christian ethics
- James Voiss, S.J. associate professor of systematic theology
- Jill Raitt, Ph.D., visiting professor in theological studies
Professors from Boston College, Fordham, Georgetown, Loyola University-Chicago and Marquette are among the endorsers.
“The Jesuit universities are really well represented in this effort because we share a commitment to social justice for all,” Winright said.
The statement originally drew 100 supporters. Within a day of its release, 220 had signed on, and the list continues to grow.
“The support we are receiving from faculty across the country reflects how important this issue is for many Catholic theologians,” Winright said.