A deacon recounts the final moments of a man on death row

A haunting testimony about the death of Joe Woods, from Deacon Ed Scheffer in the Diocese of Tuscon, via The Catholic Sun:  I prayed the rosary seven times as I sat in a small cinderblock room watching Joe gasp for air. He finally died one hour and 58 minutes later. In that time of prayer [Read More...]

The executioner who became a death penalty opponent

This makes for a striking counterpoint to the recent essay by Fr. George Rutler, defending capital punishment. It comes from Sunday’s Washington Post, and tells how a man who spent decades personally administering the death penalty came to oppose it: Jerry Givens executed 62 people. His routine and conviction never wavered. He’d shave the person’s [Read More...]

In favor of the death penalty: “Hanging concentrates the mind”

That, at least, is one of the sentiments expressed here by Fr. George Rutler in Crisis Magazine:  The grandson of St. Elizabeth Anne Seton,  Archbishop Robert Seton, long-lived but less loved, wrote that during the course of a holiday in France as a boy, the ceremonious spectacle of a man being beheaded inspired him greatly [Read More...]

Report: wrong man executed in Texas

I have to wonder how many other times this has happened. Details: He was the spitting image of the killer, had the same first name and was near the scene of the crime at the fateful hour: Carlos DeLuna paid the ultimate price and was executed in place of someone else in Texas in 1989, a report [Read More...]