Pope Francis: “The Death Penalty Is Inadmissible, No Matter How Serious the Crime”

From Vatican City this morning, a report of Pope Francis' meeting with delegates from the International Commission against the Death Penalty.  The Holy Father presented a letter to Federico Mayor, president of the Commission, to greet and offer his personal thanks to all the members of the aforementioned International Commission, the group of countries that lend their support, and all those who collaborate in its work. The Vatican Information Service has released the following excerpts from the … [Read more...]

OF MICE AND MEN (and Cecil Clayton): Death Penalty On Trial in Missouri

George and Lennie from the 1939 film "Of Mice and Men"

There were crashing footsteps in the brush now, George turned and looked toward them."Go on, George. When we gonna do it?""Gonna do it soon.""Me an' you.""You ... an' me.  Ever'body gonna be nice to you.  Ain't gonna be no more trouble. Nobody gonna hurt nobody nor steal from 'em."Lennie said, "I thought you was mad at me, George.""No," said George.  "No, Lennie, I ain't mad.  I never been mad, an' I ain't now.  That's a thing I want ya to know."The voices came close n … [Read more...]

Catholic Media Unite in Opposition to the Death Penalty

‘Capital Punishment Must End.’  That's the bold headline in the National Catholic Register this morning.  The Register, in a groundbreaking collaboration with three other Catholic journals, published a strong statement opposing capital punishment. The editorial boards of the Register, the National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor and America joined in opposition to the death penalty, as the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in Glossip v. Gross, a case out of Oklahoma that challenges … [Read more...]