A guy named Jon Crane writes: I handle PR for Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty (CCATDP). The nationwide trend of conservative Republicans re-thinking capital punishment continues and conservative Catholics are very involved. The most recent example comes from New Hampshire where both houses of the Republican-controlled state legislature passed a death penalty repeal bill during this year’s legislative session. Conservative Catholic lawmakers were at the forefront of that historic vote. The latest annual Gallup Poll showed a 10-point drop… Read more

He writes: It is already happening, and it gives us a bad name. Hearing of the widespread denunciation among our bishops of President Trump’s (now discarded) policy to separate children from their migrant parents at the Mexican border, a certain number of Catholics who read CatholicCulture.org are demanding to know where the bishops were when it came time to condemn abortion. Indeed, it seems this is the knee-jerk response of some people whenever their partisan feathers are ruffled. Please. The… Read more

2267. Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority, following a fair trial, was long considered an appropriate response to the gravity of certain crimes and an acceptable, albeit extreme, means of safeguarding the common good. Today, however, there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes. In addition, a new understanding has emerged of the significance of penal sanctions imposed by the state…. Read more

This will be a challenge to Communists, Islamic despots, and white conservative “prolife” American Catholics at war with the Church’s social teaching. It is, of course, the visible-from-space right thing to do and an obvious development of the Church’s teaching on the dignity of the human person.  It will be interesting to see how Catholic death penalty zealots will cope with this challenge and what ingenious ways they will concoct to defy Holy Church on this.  I expect most of… Read more

…and being sexually abused by their captors, the Christian makes war on this in the name of Jesus Christ with the weapons of the Spirit: prayer, fasting, and such works of mercy and justice as he has at his or her disposal to rescue them from this satanic system, because human life is sacred from conception to natural death. The Christianist diabolist, a worshipper of a dimestore antichrist and an enemy of human life, savors the cruelty and wags his… Read more

A reader writes: Do our bishops get it yet? The evidence so far is not encouraging. A couple of weeks ago a certain bishop brightly wrote on Twitter: “Despite the egregious offenses of a few, and despite the faults and sins we all have, I’m very proud of my brother bishops and I admire and applaud the great work they do every day for Christ and His Church.” The fallout from this seemingly anodyne comment — similar in tone to… Read more

Over at First Things he writes: My Fellow Catholics, On July 28, I sent the letter below to my bishop, the Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone of the Diocese of Charleston. In it, I explain that I will no longer contribute to diocesan appeals for financial contributions until I am convinced by his public actions and witness that he is zealously seeking the creation of an independent investigation into the failings of the American hierarchy in regard to Theodore McCarrick’s… Read more

It’s called a “sin that cries to heaven for vengeance”. Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure for the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud,… Read more

is up at The Catholic Weekly: For the first Christians, Jews one and all, the encounter with God took place through their entire culture. They were a people steeped in the thought and imagery of the Law and the Prophets: what Christians call the “Old Testament”. God, before he was revealed as God the Father by Jesus, was known to them from their mother’s breast as the God of our fathers. They knew him in the feasts and fasts of the Jewish calendar,… Read more

Ross Douthat argues that the Church needs to create a mechanism to hold bishops accountable as it has done for pervy priests: One of the best things that the bishops of the American Catholic Church did during the great wave of sex abuse revelations 16 years ago — and yes, there’s a low bar for “best” — was to establish a National Review Board, staffed by prominent layman, with the authority to commission an independent report on what exactly had… Read more

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