Christopher Tollefson argues that the death penalty is indefensible

…and indeed intrinsically wrong. Before jerking the knee, hear him out. [Read more...]

A reader argues with a Bible Only Christian about the Death Penalty

He writes: I am having a little bit of a comment debate with an acquaintance over he death penalty. He is an evangelical christian and believes God is very much for it citing the Noahic Covenant, Jesus affirming Pilate’s right to kill him the Mosaic Law etc. He is not a catholic, so he would [Read More...]

The FCC, net neutrality, prudential judgment, the death penalty, and Luke 16:10-12

Permit me some wide-ranging musings, beginning with the relatively (in the cosmic scheme of salvation) small potatoes question of net neutrality. Let’s be clear. Net neutrality is a good thing: It is, in a word, what we’ve always had. The only people who opposed it were people bent on making your life and mine miserable [Read More...]

Only one demographic rejects the Church’s teaching about the death penalty

…but it’s totally not about race or anything and if you notice that it is you are “playing the race card”. The Death Penalty: Because the Magisterium is incompetent to teach about faith and morals when American white conservative sacred cows are involved. [Read more...]

St. Augustine Once Again Shows He was Not a Real American Catholic

Not only did he reject lying for a good cause, he also was not nearly as eager to kill bad guys as he should have been. A reader writes: I’d like to recommend this short letter by St Augustine. It’s regarding non-Catholics who have been convicted of harming and even murdering Catholics, including priests. St. [Read More...]

Death Penalty Red Herring

“The death penalty is not intrinsically immoral like abortion, therefore the state has no business banning it!” Prescinding from the fact that the “prolife” people most ardently in favor of the death penalty have absolutely no problem with grave intrinsic evil when Dick Cheney is defending the cold-blooded murder of innocents for the greater good, [Read More...]

Some Remarks on Pro Death Penalty Arguments

..are the subject of today’s ruminations over at the Register. [Read more...]

End the Death Penalty

Excellent! Four Catholic journals–the National Catholic Register, the National Catholic Reporter, America, and Our Sunday Visitor–to call for the abolition of the death penalty. And for good measure, the Patheos Catholic Channel pitches in too. It’s time for “faithful conservative prolife” death penalty advocates to start listening to the Church’s teaching instead of finding clever [Read More...]

End Human Sacrifice

Here’s a petition to stop one pointless exercise in vengeful bloodlust scheduled for this evening. Is there any greater stupidity than the argument than “the death penalty helps the criminal focus on repentance” followed by “Kill her anyway!” when the criminal repents? A reading from the gospel of Christians for the Death Penalty: Jesus looked [Read More...]

The Death Penalty as Assisted Suicide

We are told that the death penalty (which we celebrate by conducting in total secrecy) is supposed to be a deterrent.  We are also told that as prolife Christians, we are supposed to be opposed to assisted suicide. So what do “prolife” death penalty advocates make of a case where the reason a man killed [Read More...]