The United States is going to execute it's 1000th convict soon.
In South Carolina, we have our own execution this week.
(For those in the area, I invite you to a prayer vigil at the St. Thomas More Center chapel at USC on Thursday, December 1, from 6:30 -- 7:00 p.m. The Center hosts an anti-death penalty vigil on the eve of every execution.)
Again, here's a link to the US Bishops' recent statement: "A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death." (.pdf link)
An interesting article by Joseph Bottum in the September 2005 issue of First Things: "Christians and the Death Penalty."