Pope Francis Opposes Capital Punishment; Calls Life Sentences for Violent Criminals “A Hidden Death Penalty”

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Speaking October 23 to a delegation from the International Association of Penal Law, Pope Francis called life sentences "a hidden form of capital punishment."   The Pope expressed his hope that believers will oppose life-long incarceration, just as they oppose capital punishment. He said:“All Christians and men of good faith are therefore called upon today to fight, not only for the abolition of the death penalty—whether it is legal or illegal, and in all its forms—but also to improve the … [Read more...]

Last Meal, Last Chance: Convicted Killer Chooses Christ

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On September 21, 2011, Troy Davis died in Georgia.Davis, you may know, was convicted of murdering a police officer.  But in the twenty years since the crime, seven of the nine key witnesses have recanted their testimony. The lack of clarity regarding the case sparked anti-death penalty backlash.  Groups including Amnesty International and the NAACP petitioned the courts to grant Davis a new trial or evidentiary hearing.  World leaders including Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Ren … [Read more...]

Gosnell Is Guilty! Should He Be Executed?

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On May 13, after seven days of deliberations, a federal jury has found abortionist Kermit Gosnell guilty of three counts of first-degree murder (in the deaths of Babies A, C and E, who were born alive and then killed by having their spinal cords “snipped” with scissors) and one count of second-degree murder (in the death of an adult woman).  Baby A, the largest, was estimated to be 29 weeks gestation, and was so large that clinic workers took photographs before his life was snuffed out by Gosn … [Read more...]