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...]

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

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...]

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CRUCIFY HIM! Americans’ Thirst for Blood in Hayes Case Is Reminiscent of Ancient Rome

A few days ago, a Connecticut jury voted to invoke the death penalty for convicted “home invasion” murderer Steven Hayes.  Within minutes of the announcement, on news and commentary sites across the liberal/ conservative spectrum, Americans celebrated the verdict.  I watched as 200, then 300 and more “likes” popped up on Fox News’ Facebook report.But why?  What satisfaction can be gained by the taking of yet another life?Granted, Hayes’ crimes were heinous.  In the deadly home invasion, H … [Read more...]

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