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...]

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

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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...]