Nebraska Catholic Conference

 November 8, 2016 

Bishops’ Joint Statement on Reinstatement of the Death Penalty in Nebraska 

We express our disappointment that the death penalty will be reinstated in Nebraska. We will continue to call for the repeal of the death penalty when it is not absolutely necessary to protect the public safety. We hope that the death penalty does not overshadow the complex problems faced by our criminal justice system that can be solved only by true reforms and not by ineffective punishments such as we have experienced with the death penalty in Nebraska. With our prayers for the people of Nebraska, we are sincerely yours in Christ,

Archbishop George J. Lucas, Archbishop of Omaha

Bishop James D. Conley, Bishop of Lincoln 

Bishop Joseph G. Hanefeldt, Diocese of Grand Island 

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    Textbook Loan Program

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