Happy News! The Death Penalty is Close…

…to being euthanized. [Read more…]

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“I spent 28 years on death row”

Powerful story. I’ve never had an apology, but I forgave those involved in my conviction long before I left prison. I didn’t forgive them so they can sleep well at night. I did it so I can. You can’t send anybody to hell by refusing to forgive them.  You can only keep yourself in hell [Read More…]

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These People Embody the Spirit of Christ

Be more prolife, not less. End abortion. Abolish the death penalty. Stop trying to fix everything with violence and death. [Read more…]

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A reader involved in state government writes about the death penalty

Been following your death penalty stuff as limited time allows, and I found your latest post interesting. My opening caveat is that, given my current position, some pretty horrendous crimes cross my desk and I’ve been at the table when justice officials were making decisions about whether to seek the death penalty in specific cases. [Read More…]

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Had an Interesting Conversation with Robert P. George…

…about my recent contretemps with Dr. Edward Feser about the death penalty (see here and here). Dr. George writes: In fact, the Church can and has changed its teaching on the death penalty, and it can and does (now) teach that it is intrinsically wrong (not merely prudentially inadvisable). Both John Paul II in Evangelium [Read More…]

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Matthew Tyson on Killing

He does what I should have done and situates the Church’s teaching on the death penalty in the context of the rest of its teaching on the fifth commandment in the Catechism, making clear that the approach is always “how can we avoid killing if at all humanly possible” and never “when do we get [Read More…]

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Reply to Dr. Feser regarding the death penalty

Recently, I wrote a post replying to an article co-authored by Dr. Edward Feser and Joseph M. Bessette which argued that the Church cannot reverse past teaching on capital punishment. Given that the Church has, effectively, reversed its teaching–calling for its abolition where it once permitted it–the article was misleading at best. Yes, it is [Read More…]

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Arguments that prove too much

From the comboxes of Crisis: At last! Much thanks should go to Mssrs Feser and Bessette for a cogent defense of the oldest teaching in the Catholic tradition on the powers of the state. It bears commenting further on Luke23:41 that one of the first saints to enter heaven—indeed, within moments after the crucifixion— was [Read More…]

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Just because something is not a binding dogma…

…does not mean it is a good idea, including the death penalty. So yeah the Church cannot reverse its teaching on the death penalty and say that what is not intrinsically immoral is intrinsically immoral. So what? It can still say that it is unnecessary and need not be done. And it does, in fact, [Read More…]

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Jeff Wood didn’t kill anybody, but Texas wants to kill him anyway

He’s been on death row for 20 years for a crime he didn’t commit, but the state of Texas wants to execute him on August 24 nonetheless. When you support the death penalty, you commit yourself to the proposition that you support the cold-blooded murder of innocent people, since the Innocence Project has show that [Read More…]

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